The Blackstone's Guide Series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislative changes and amendments. Published soon after enactment, they offer expert commentary by leading names on the extent, scope, and effects of the legislation, plus a full copy of the Act itself. They offer a cost-effective solution to key information needs and are the perfect companion for any practitioner needing to get up to speed with the latest changes. The Coroners and Justice Act introduces significant changes to the inquest system, including creating a new national coroner service and establishing a new system of secondary certification of deaths that are not referred to a coroner. It also reforms and clarifies the law on homicide; updates the language of the offence of assisting suicide; and contains amendments to the Data Protection Act 1998 to strengthen the Information Commissioner's powers and improve the sharing of information. It will establish a new Sentencing Council for England and Wales, and introduce changes to sentencing for terrorist offences.
It will also introduce changes in the arena of witness anonymity, including: granting Investigative Witness Anonymity Orders in gun and knife crime cases; granting anonymity to vulnerable or intimidated witnesses; and extending the use of live video links and screens around the witness box to enable vulnerable witnesses to give evidence. This new Blackstone's Guide combines the full text of the Act with an expert narrative. It seeks to explain the scope and impact of the Act, including the civil liberties implications, and to bring practitioners up-to-date with this complex piece of drafting. Presented in a straightforward layout, it enables ease of use as a reference source.
Jonathan Glasson is a barrister at Matrix Chambers, where he has a broad practice encompassing a range of civil and criminal work. He has extensive experience of inquests, acting for families as well as government departments in a number of high profile cases, as well as advising Coroners.
Julian B. Knowles is a leading junior barrister at Matrix Chambers, where he specializes in crime, extradition, public law, and human rights and has been involved in several inquests. He is the author of the Blackstone's Guide to the Extradition Act 2003, and co-author of The Law of Extradition and Mutual Assistance 2e.