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From January 2015, a new measure introduced by The Church of England was amended to simplify the procedure of authorising exhumations from consecrated graves in civil cemeteries.
Currently, the law requires a licence from the Secretary of State to exhume human remains in accordance with Section 25 of the Burial Act 1857 unless, ‘a body is removed from one consecrated place of burial to another by faculty’ granted by the Church of England authorities.
The Church of England has to authorise exhumations from consecrated ground and other ground under its jurisdiction. Under certain circumstances, authority is needed from both the Secretary of State and the Church of England.
The change simplifies the procedures, it is stated that approval is now needed from one party, either the Secretary of State or the Church of England depending on the current location of the remains.