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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.

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.

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