Date set for inquest on Princess Diana

The Independent reports that the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi El-Fayed are to take place next month. Michael Burgess, Coroner of the Queen’s Household and for Surrey, will be conducting separate inquests.

No point in rushing these things.

A coroner, in England and Wales, is a qualified lawyer or doctor who holds an inquiry into accidental or unusual deaths and used to be responsible for treasure trove too (see earlier entry). The coroner has a small jury, whose verdict will be something like ‘accidental death’. Matters may be passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service if they look suspicious, however. There is some interest in whether anything new will be revealed.

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