Presumption of Death

The campaign for a better presumption of death system for families of missing people

As part of the Missing Rights campaign, Missing People successfully campaigned for an improved presumption of death system to be introduced in England and Wales.

We called for new provisions modelled on those already in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland, so that that all UK families have access to a clear and useable system. The Presumption of Death Act 2013 was passed in March 2013 and came fully into force on 1 October 2014, and addressed flaws in the former system by creating a new court procedure which can lead to the issue of a Certificate of Presumed Death.

Details of the campaign can be found in this section, and our policy briefing on the new Act can be found on our policy page. If you are a family looking for information on presumption of death, please see our guidance for families of missing people.

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Whilst the campaign for presumption of death law reform is complete, we will be ...

 In March 2013, the Presumption of Death Act was passed, reforming presumption ...

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