No 'secret evidence' at inquests

Powers to hear evidence in secret in civil courts will not be extended to inquests. The Ministry of Justice is due to publish the Justice and Security Bill today, which includes rules on controversial proceedings to hear some evidence secretly.

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Inquests will remain public as civil courts set for secret evidence

Inquests will not be included in proposals to allow secret evidence to be heard in civil courts, the Justice Secretary said.

The Ministry of Justice is due to publish the Justice and Security Bill today, which includes rules on controversial proceedings to hear some evidence secretly.

The Bill will pave the way for sensitive intelligence to be heard in civil courts where national security is involved. It is understood that, in a climbdown from earlier proposals, the powers will not be extended to inquests.

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