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The special Covid-19 edition of the Medico-Legal Journal (vol 88 part 2) has now been published in its print form. (The contents were already available online).

The Editor has written a wide-ranging review of the impact of the virus in the UK in general and London in particular whilst the Medical Editor considers its impact on children.

Authors from the Institute of Legal Medicine in Catanzaro,  Italy consider the implications of the virus for domestic violence and a series of articles by contributors from Palermo, Sicily  consider the usefulness of digital tools as a means of access to psychological and psychotherapeutic support; telemedicine for diagnostic and other purposes; whether there are lessons to be learned by the Italian Health Service and of demands by prisoners for “home detention” in order to avoid infection whilst incarcerated.

Another group as widely dispersed as India, the Czech Republic and Jamaica look at dead body management during the pandemic.

Lawyers from the UK write about the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the likelihood of the pandemic provoking future litigation.

The Council of the Society is conscious that members have missed a number of meetings and events result of the Coronavirus and have agreed to the Editors’ request to publish an extra issue of the Journal so there will be five issues rather than four during 2020.


On 11th June 2020 – The Society held its AGM using Zoom. That was followed by a panel discussion about Covid-19. The speakers were  Dr Rachel Clarke palliative care doctor and author (Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Life and Loss, Your Life In My Hands)  Nageena Khalique QC and Dr Kathleen Liddell .