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7 March 2008
Statement from the Judicial Communications Office

The Coroner has stated:

“In my judgment it is not expedient to call the Duke of Edinburgh to give evidence, nor do I think The Queen should be asked to answer the questions by Michael Mansfield. Neither step will in my judgment further the inquest process.”

6 March 2008
Statement from the Judicial Communications Office
Statement regarding Paul Burrell giving evidence

22 February 2008
Statement from the Judicial Communications Office

"The Coroner has asked Mr Burrell to return to court to explain discrepancies between the evidence he gave to the inquests and the material which is contained in the transcripts of the recording taken by the Sun newspaper."

20 February 2008
Operational note for media
SIS witnesses to give evidence at the Corner’s inquests into the Deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed

3 October 2007
Operational note for media
Media Arrangements for Coroner's Court Visit to Paris

28 September 2007
Operational note for media
Arrangements for media attendance at the inquests.

21 September 2007
Operational note for media
This note was issued to the media to invite bids for seats in court and the court annex for the inquests.

11 June 2007
Lord Justice Scott Baker formally takes on Assistant Deputy Coroner role
Lord Justice Scott Baker has now formally taken over as an Assistant Deputy Coroner of inner West London for the purposes of hearing the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed on 31 August 1997. The appointment was made by the Coroner for Inner West London, Dr Paul Knapman, and Lord Justice Scott Baker has been working in tandem with Baroness Butler-Sloss.

5 June 2007
Appointment of Secretary and Solicitor to the Inquests
Two official appointments have been made to assist with the running of the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed.

24 April 2007
Announcement of appointment of new Deputy Coroner
Lord Justice Scott Baker will be appointed Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London, in succession to Baroness Butler-Sloss

7 December 2006
Statement from the Judicial Communications Office

"Baroness Butler-Sloss has decided to reconsider the question of whether the 8-9th January preliminary meetings for these inquests should be in public.

"The reasons Baroness Butler-Sloss had in mind originally which led her to conclude that the meeting should be in private were entirely practical, such as the size of the court she was proposing to hold the meeting in.

"She has discretion in the matter and is persuaded that the strong public interest in these cases justifies the meeting being a hearing in open court."

7 September 2006
Appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss as Deputy Coroner of the Queen's Household and Assistant Deputy Coroner for Surrey