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Top judges had ‘indicated’ coroner Andrew Reid should be removed before his decision to resign

Legal - Question-of-Justice13 December, 2012

Top judges had indica­ted Camden’s coroner should be removed from his post before he made the move to resign on Friday night, a government body said yesterday (Wednesday).

The Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) said an investigation into Dr Andrew Reid’s decision to hire his wife as an assistant deputy coroner was coming to an end, and both the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice had “indicated” he should be removed.

Dr Reid had been suspended for 10 months after it was revealed his wife, Suzanne Greenaway, did not have the appropriate qualifications for the job.

Her legal career in her native Australia did not count towards qualifications needed for the job, including a requirement to practise law or medicine for five years in this country.

By then, she had overseen around 30 inquests – public investigations into the circumstances of someone’s death – at St Pancras Coroner’s Court.

Ms Greenaway was in charge of the inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse, the award-winning singer found dead from accidental alcohol poisoning in Camden Square last year. Ms Greenaway resigned a month later and Dr Reid was suspended in February of this year.

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