Judge: Singh LJ and Whipple J.
Citation:  EWHC 1286 (Admin)
The Defendant was order to pay costs on account within 21 days.
A religious burial society successfully applied for judicial review of a Coroner’s policy refusing to prioritise burials or the release of bodies on the basis of the religion of the deceased or their family. The Divisional Court found that the Coroner’s policy was unlawful and that she had not acted neutrally in the proceedings, having crossed the line into advocating the correctness of her policy rather than merely assisting the Court. The Court held that in the light of the Coroner’s failure to reconsider her policy following the Chief Coroner’s intervention, and her lack of neutrality following the filing of her addendum detailed grounds, she was ordered to pay the Claimant’s reasonable costs from the date she had filed the addendum grounds. She was ordered to pay £68,000 on account of costs within 21 days.