Coroners across the country are to be formally instructed to take into account the religious requirements of families when deciding whether to prioritise the burial of their dead, in the wake of a High Court ruling.The Chief Coroner is drawing up new guidance after two judges ruled that a “cab rank” queuing system for burials adopted by a coroner in London was unlawful.The document, which will be issued by the end of this month, is intended to act as a set of guidelines for all coroners, as well as to specifically inform a new policy which will then be drafted by Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for inner north London, whose refusal to prioritise the bodies Muslim and Jewish deceased was set aside by the High Court last month.Muslim and Jewish families had said Ms Hassell’s existing policy ignored “deeply held beliefs” that require their dead to be buried as soon as possible. The High Court ruled that her stance was unlawful.A spokesman for the Chief Coroner said: “The Chief Coroner is aiming to produce some guidance by the end of this month. When he does so it will be issued to coroners and published on his guidance page [online].”A spokesman for Ms Hassell said: “The Senior Coroner looks forward to the Chief Coroner’s new guidance … She will then undertake a consultation process with stakeholders, before producing her own policy. This will take into account all relevant considerations including the special needs of each individual family, in accordance with the High Court judgment.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.