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[this Introduces] "certified investigations" into the inquest system. Under this scheme the secretary of state can certify that an inquest (including one where a person has died in state custody or at the hands of the state) is to be held without a jury. A high court judge must then proceed to hold an inquest without a jury if the inquest will concern a "protected matter" that would otherwise need to be disclosed to a jury.
- inquests would be replaced with inquiries at the behest of the executive
- the Minister or chair of an inquiry could restrict attendance, including that of bereaved relatives, legal representatives and journalists
- the final report setting out facts and conclusions would need to be shown to the Minister before being published and could be heavily redacted.