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Jewish and Muslim communities in north London were celebrating this morning as judges quashed senior coroner Mary Hassell’s “cab-rank” system of dealing with deaths.

The long-running dispute between the senior coroner for inner north London, Mary Hassell and the area’s Jewish and Muslim communities might be coming to an end, as the decision will be given tomorrow on her refusal to prioritise burials.

With judges poised to make a ruling after last week’s judicial review, Harry Taylor looks back at the dispute between Mary Hassell and north London’s faith communities –and speaks to the families affected by her ‘cab-rank’ system

The chief executive of a secular pressure group has backed under-fire inner north London senior coroner Mary Hassell, saying “religion shouldn’t be a trump card.”

A High Court judge today said the judicial review into senior coroner Mary Hassell’s refusal to prioritise religious people’s burials should be dealt with as soon as possible.

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