The Law Commission will undertake a first principles review of the legislative provisions restricting the reporting of suicide as set out in sections 71–73 of the Coroners Act 2006. The review will examine whether the current restrictions on making public details of self-inflicted deaths strike an appropriate balance between the public health goal of reducing the likelihood of imitative (“copycat”) suicide and the principle of freedom of expression.
In particular, the review will consider whether sections 71–73 should be amended (or removed).
If it is proposed that these sections be retained in some form, the review will consider:
If any amendments are proposed to the existing legislative provisions, suggested drafting should be provided.
A final report will be published by 28 March 2014.