Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (157)

Clare Daly


157. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the body to which concerned families can turn for accountability in circumstances in which a post-mortem report contains serious inaccuracies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22502/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Coroners are governed by the provisions of the Coroners Act 1962. They are quasi-judicial officials and are independent in the conduct of their functions.

Accordingly, as Minister, I do not have control over, or responsibility for, their operations or the manner in which inquests are conducted.

Where a coroner directs a post-mortem examination, such is conducted by a registered medical practitioner and the results furnished to the coroner.

As Minister, I have no involvement for the direction of, the carrying out of or the reporting of results to the coroner of post-mortem examinations by registered medical practitioners who conduct such examinations

The avenue for seeking a review of the coroner’s decisions is a Judicial Review application.