New Chief Coroner’s Guidance on DOLS 

To accompany the coming into force on 3 April of the change to the definition of “state detention” introduced by the Policing and Crime Act 2017, the new Chief Coroner has issued new guidance – 16A – to accompany (and then supersede) the existing guidance available here.  The guidance, which also addresses the Court of Appeal decision in Ferreiramakes clear that “deaths under DOLS” are not automatically to be considered as being under state detention where the death occurs after 3 April.  Conversely, the guidance also makes clear that:

“Of course, there may be a requirement for an investigation on other grounds (e.g. that death was unnatural, or indeed the person was in police custody). Furthermore, a person who dies while subject to restrictions amounting to “state detention” in a hospital or care home, but without there having been a deprivation of liberty authorised under the MCA 2005, will still have to be the subject of an investigation and inquest on “state detention” grounds.”

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One Reply to “New Chief Coroner’s Guidance on DOLS ”

  1. Hello. Thanks for posting this. The guidance has already started a discussion. Is it correct to believe that what the guidance is saying is that the former position (people subject to DoLS Authorisations required a mandatory inquest, others on the waiting list for DoLS assessment didn’t) has now been reversed so that it’s people on the waiting list we might assume may meet the ‘acid test’ criteria who now require mandatory inquests? This seems a little hard to follow as the group of people who now require mandatory inquests just seems to have increased hugely.

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