Expanding the role of the Death Investigation Oversight Council: Proposed Amendments to Regulation 180 under the Coroners Act
Bill or Act:
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is seeking public input on proposed amendments to existing Regulation 180 made pursuant to the Coroners Act, to allow for the Death Investigation Oversight Council (DIOC) to provide advice and make recommendations to the Chief Coroner with respect to whether a discretionary inquest is called.
The proposed regulatory amendments would allow DIOC to provide advice and make recommendations to the Chief Coroner on the following additional matters:
- The existing terms of reference and considerations used by an internal inquest review committee when determining whether a discretionary inquest should be called;
- Individual cases where a family member has appealed to the Chief Coroner to hold a discretionary inquest under Section 26 (2) of the Coroners Act; and
- If any group of similar deaths has occurred, DIOC shall advise and make recommendations to the Chief Coroner regarding whether it would serve the public interest to hold an inquest.
Final decisions would remain with the Chief Coroner.
The proposed amendments are the result of a systemic review of Ontario's death investigation system. Enhancing DIOC's advisory role is intended to ensure that a broader range of perspectives is considered when determining whether or not to call a discretionary inquest.
The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services welcomes your comments and feedback on this proposal.
November 9, 2015
Comments Due Date:
December 24, 2015
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
25 Grosvenor Street