A Bill to amend the law relating to coroners and to certification and registration of deaths; to amend the criminal law; to make provision about criminal justice and about dealing with offenders; to make provision about the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses; to make provision relating to the security of court and other buildings; to make provision about legal aid; to make provision for payments to be made by offenders in respect of benefits derived from the exploitation of material pertaining to offences; to amend the Data Protection Act 1998; and for connected purposes.
The introduction of this Bill follows a number of separate reviews of the law on coroners and justice.
- Reforms the law relating to death certification and coroners, requiring some inquests to be heard without a jury
- Amends the defences of diminished responsibility and provocation in homicide cases
- Simplifies language in the offence of assisting or encouraging suicide
- Removes an exemption for ‘discussion or criticism’ in the new offence of inciting hatred on grounds of sexual orientation
- Extends the law proscribing possession of child pornography to include non‑photographic images
- Increases flexibility in the help given to vulnerable witnesses giving evidence
- Changes rules on live links for defendants
- Reforms the system of granting bail in murder cases
- Makes changes to legal aid
- Introduces measures to prevent offenders profiting from accounts of their crimes.
Current version of the Bill