Defence Act 1954

Inquests on persons under sentence dying in military prisons or detention barracks.


238.Whenever a person under sentence dies in a military prison or detention barrack, the following provisions shall have effect, that is to say:—

( a) the coroner having jurisdiction in the place where such prison or barrack is shall hold an inquest on the body of such person;

( b) where it is practicable, one clear day shall intervene between the day of the death and the date of such inquest;

( c) such inquest shall be held on the body with a jury;

( d) notwithstanding section 5 of the Coroners (Amendment) Act, 1927 (No. 1 of 1927), none of the following persons shall be a member of such jury, that is to say:—

(i) members of the staff of such prison or barrack,

(ii) persons undergoing sentence in such prison or barrack,

(iii) persons engaged in any trade or dealing with such prison or barrack.