10—Amendment of section 25—Findings on inquests
(1) Section 25(2)—delete subsection (2) and substitute:
(2) The Court may add to its findings any recommendation that, in the opinion of the Court—
(a) might prevent, or reduce the likelihood of, a recurrence of an event similar to the event that was the subject of the inquest; or
(b) relates to a matter arising from the inquest, including (but not limited to) matters concerning—
(i) the quality of care, treatment and supervision of the dead person prior to death; and
(ii) public health or safety; and
(iii) the administration of justice,
and is, in the circumstances, an appropriate matter on which to make a recommendation.
(2) Section 25(4)(a)—after "Attorney-General" insert:
and any relevant Minister other than the Attorney-General
(3) Section 25(4)(b)(i)—delete subparagraph (i)
(4) Section 25(5)—delete subsection (5) and substitute:
(5) Each relevant Minister must, within 8 sitting days of the expiration of 6 months after receipt of a copy of a recommendation resulting from an inquest—
(a) cause a report to be laid before each House of Parliament—
(i) giving details of any action taken or proposed to be taken in consequence of the recommendation; or
(ii) if no action has been taken or is proposed to be taken—giving reasons for not taking action or proposing to take action; and
(b) forward a copy of the report to the State Coroner.
(6) The State Coroner may, at any time after the provision of a report under subsection (5)
, request a supplementary report to be prepared by the Minister that addresses any matter that the State Coroner considers necessary arising out of the report.
(7) If the State Coroner makes a request under subsection (6)
, the Minister to whom the request was made must, within 8 sitting days of the expiration of 6 months after receiving the request—
(a) cause a supplementary report to be laid before each House of Parliament addressing the matters requested to be addressed by the State Coroner; and
(b) forward a copy of the supplementary report to the State Coroner.
(8) In this section—
"relevant Minister", in relation to findings and recommendations of the Court, means—
(a) if a recommendation is directed to a Minister, or to an agency or other instrumentality of the Crown, as a result of the inquest—the Minister to whom, or the Minister responsible for the agency or other instrumentality of the Crown to which, the recommendation is directed; or
(b) in any other case—the Attorney-General.