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Lawful not to call on pupils as witnesses in the inquest into the death of Ann Maguire

R (Maguire & Ors) v Assistant Coroner for West Yorkshire [2017] EWHC 2039 (Admin)

Related Member(s):
Nick Armstrong, Kirsten Sjøvoll
Related Practice Area(s):
Inquests and Inquiries

The question was whether the decision of the Assistant Coroner not to call evidence from former pupils in the inquest into the death of Ann Maguire was lawful. The Court held that when striking the balance, the Assistant Coroner was entitled to conclude that there was a risk of harm to former pupils if called to give evidence, and that there was little prospect of their oral evidence assisting materially in determining the circumstances of Mrs Maguire’s death or in learning lessons for the future.

Nick Armstrong and Kirsten Sjovoll were involved in this case.