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Divisional Court gives definitive ruling on Air Accident Investigation Branch disclosure regime

10th October 2016

Keith Morton QC instructed by the Government Legal Department for the AAIB overturns decisions of the Senior Coroner for Norfolk in which the Coroner had sought to order disclosure of a cockpit voice and data recorder and to fine the Chief Inspector of the AAIB for non-compliance with her orders.

Cockpit voice and data recorders form part of the material subject to a special disclosure regime which originates in the Chicago Convention. The decision is of significance for all of the Accident Investigation Branches (Air, Marine and Rail) who are subject to comparable disclosure regimes.

The definitive judgment of Lord Thomas LCJ and Singh J is reported at R (Secretary of State for Transport) v The Senior Coroner for Norfolk [2016] EWHC 2279 (Admin)



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Keith Morton KC

Keith Morton KC
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Year of Call: 1990
Year of Silk: 2011