Diana Spencer/Inquest

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Michael Burgess, coroner of The Queen's Household attends a photocall at the opening of the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess Of Wales on 6 January 2004
Date2007/01/08 - 2008/04/02
LocationLondon
WebsiteThe National Archives
TypeInquest
Interest ofVictor Lewis-Smith
DescriptionThe inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

The inquests into the deaths of Diana and Fayed opened on 8 January 2007, with Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss acting as Deputy Coroner of the Queen's Household for the Diana inquest and Assistant Deputy Coroner for Surrey in relation to the Fayed inquest. Butler-Sloss originally intended to sit without a jury;[1] this decision was later overturned by the High Court,[2] as well as the jurisdiction of the Coroner of the Queen's Household. On 24 April 2007, Butler-Sloss stepped down, saying she lacked the experience required to deal with an inquest with a jury. The role of Coroner for the inquests was transferred to Lord Justice Scott Baker, who formally took up the role on 11 June as Coroner for Inner West London.

The inquests officially began on 2 October 2007 with the swearing of a jury of six women and five men. Scott Baker delivered a lengthy opening statement giving general instructions to the jury and introducing the evidence.[3] The BBC reported that Mohammed Al-Fayed, having earlier reiterated his claim that his son and Diana were murdered by the Royal Family, immediately criticised the opening statement as biased.[4]

Lord Justice Scott Baker concluded his summing up on Wednesday, 2 April 2008.[5] After summing up, the jury retired to consider five verdicts, namely unlawful killing by the negligence of either or both the following vehicles or Henri Paul; accidental death or an open verdict. [6]

Inquest web site

The inquest web site, maintained by the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) at http://www.scottbaker-inquests.gov.uk and containing the court transcripts and all public documentation, was taken down in 2011. It is currently available from the National Archives web site. As of September 2015, RCJ have declined to provide a redirect from the original site address.


References

  1. Lee Glendinning (15 January 2007). "No jury for Diana inquest". The Times. London. Retrieved 4 June 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. "Diana inquest to be heard by jury". BBC News. 2 March 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  3. "Inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed: Hearing transcript – 2 October 2007 Morning". Coroner's Inquests into the Deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed. Judicial Communications Office. 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  4. "BBC Report of First Day of Inquests, see video report with Nicholas Witchell". BBC News. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  5. "Hearing transcripts: 4 April 2008 Morning session". Coroner's Inquests into the Deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed. Judicial Communications Office. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2009.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  6. "Princess Diana unlawfully killed". BBC News. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2008.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").