Broad discretion recognised
R (on the application of Sreedharan) v HM Coroner for the County of Greater Manchester and Others  EWCA Civ 181
Counsel: For the appellant: Mary O’Rourke QC, Sophie Cartwright
For the respondent: Samantha Leek QC
For the interested party: Nicholas Brown
Solicitors: For the appellant: Ryan Solicitors
For the respondent: Withers LLP
For the interested party: Hodge Jones and Allen LLP
There is a discretion vested in a coroner in respect of the nature and extent of an inquiry undertaken into the death of a
patient as a result of an overdose of a lethal drug prescribed by a general practitioner. The court found, in the case outlined
below, that there was no error of law in the coroner’s refusal to leave a verdict of suicide to the jury. Indeed, the court
took the view that the coroner had acted appropriately in all respects in his decisions concerning the admissibility of evidence
and in his directions to the jury.
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