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Lord Justice Scott Baker
Assistant Deputy Coroner of Inner West London

Statement

20 November 2007

Judicial Review - Regarding the reading of contested Paparazzi evidence

“The Coroner has immediately and successfully applied for leave to appeal.  The Court made clear in its Judgment that there was no criticism whatsoever of the Coroner.

“The Coroner’s immediate concern is to consider the practical implications of implementing the Divisional Court’s ruling.  He is concerned that the decision should not add materially to the length and cost of these Inquests.  In particular he is keen to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on the Jury.

“The ruling does not mean that evidence of absent witnesses cannot be presented to the Jury but it will make it more difficult.  The Coroner is determined to do his utmost to ensure that all relevant evidence is put before the Jury.”