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Event: Suspicion and marginalisation in the coroner’s court, Tuesday 15 July 2014
14 July 2014
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday July 15th, 2014
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
2 Langley Lane
London, SW8 1GB
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Joint event with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
Professor Belinda Carpenter of Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and Deborah Coles of London-based INQUEST will discuss how the coroners court systems in Australia and in England and Wales often fail to respond to and respect the interests and needs of families of victims, families who often tend to be drawn from vulnerable and marginalised populations.
Drawing on interviews with coroners' court staff in Australia, Belinda Carpenter will discuss how the coroners court staff, who in general have been trained and gained their experience in the criminal courts, adjust to working in the civil coroners court system.
She will also explore how families experience the coroner’s court process. For a number of reasons, related to much larger historical and global factors, most of these family members come from vulnerable or marginalised populations. Many have also had experience of the criminal justice system as suspects.
This creates distinctive challenges as far as ensuring their interests are represented and respected in what can be a confusing and alienating legal process.
Deborah Coles will place Belinda's research in the context of the inquest system in England and Wales. She will talk about the work of Inquest in preventing the deaths and ill treatment of people in all forms of detention, and in campaigning for more effective learning and state and corporate accountability.
About Belinda Carpenter
Dr Belinda Carpenter is Professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and Director of the Crime and Justice Research Centre. She has been researching death investigation for the past 10 years and has written numerous articles on the decision-making of coronial professionals and their impact on families.
Her research can be found here
About Deborah Coles
Deborah is Co-Director of INQUEST, a unique charity that provides expertise on contentious deaths and their investigation with a particular focus on custodial death. Deborah leads the policy, legal and strategic work for social change and has considerable expertise in working to prevent the deaths and ill treatment of people in all forms of detention, and in campaigning for more effective learning and state and corporate accountability. She is regularly consulted by government, parliamentarians, regulation, inspection and investigation bodies, coroners, human rights lawyers, NGOs and international human rights groupsand has been appointed as an expert on a variety of committees and reference groups including the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody.
‘We thought that we were going insane, couldn’t understand what was happening to us, what had happened to my son. INQUEST has supported, enabled, educated and empowered and restored our faith in justice. We were given back our voice. ’
– Mother of a child who died in Young Offender Institution