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Interim coroner appointed for Teesside

A local solicitor will become acting coroner for Teesside following Michael Sheffield's retirement.

Clare Bailey will become coroner for a year until a permanent position is filled.

Michael Sheffield stepped down today (April 30th) after more than four decades in the post, making him the longest serving coroner in England and Wales.

Ms Bailey grew up on Teesside, qualifying as a solicitor in 1999 and specialising in family law. She was appointed as an Assistant Coroner in 2011 and since June last year has worked solely for the Coroner’s Service.

“I am honoured and privileged to be able to serve the local community and to help lead and modernise the Coroner’s Service in line with recent legislative changes and guidance issued by the Chief Coroner. We have a strong team which is looking forward to working together for the benefit of local people.”

– Clare Bailey, Acting Coroner, Teesside

Teesside coroner retires after 40 years

Teesside coroner Michael Sheffield. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The longest serving coroner in England and Wales retires today.

Michael Sheffield has been hearing inquests on Teesside for more than 40 years.

He announced his retirement last month after a decade of criticism that it takes too long for inquests to be heard.

An investigation found he wasn't to blame for the backlog.

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Teesside Coroner retires

Michael Sheffield. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The coroner for Teesside retires today (April 30).

Michael Sheffield is the longest serving coroner in England and Wales.

It follows a decade of criticism that it takes too long for inquests to be heard on Teesside.

An investigation found Mr Sheffield was not to blame for the backlog of inquests.

Teesside coroner won't face disciplinary action

Teesside's coroner won't be disciplined over complaints about the length of time it takes to hold inquests there.

Michael Sheffield had been investigated after it was found that up to 80% of inquests he held were taking longer than the national average.

The Office for Judicial Complaints says there's no evidence to suggest the delays were caused by Mr Sheffield's conduct.

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No disciplinary action for Teesside's coroner

Michael Sheffield Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Teesside's coroner will not be disciplined over complaints about the length of time it takes to conclude inquests.

Michael Sheffield had been subject to an investigation after it was found that up to 80% of cases were taking longer than the national average.

The Office for Judicial Complaints says there is no evidence to suggest the delays were caused by Mr Sheffield's conduct.

However, the Lord Chief Justice has given him advice on the importance of keeping the issues of backlog under review.