The Coroner

Coroners Juristriction

Sometimes a death may be referred to the Coroner, there are a number of reasons why this may happen but often it is nothing to give concern.

The coroners outcomes

There are a number of different outcomes that the coroner my decide upon

  • No further action required. This is the most common and if the coroner finds that the death was due to natural causes the death will be referred back to the deceased's own doctor.
  • A post mortem is required. If the post mortem ascertains that the death was due to natural causes there will be no need for an inquest.
  • A post mortem & inquest or an inquest only

The Inquest


If the death was not due to natural causes (for example an accident) the Coroner is obliged to hold an Inquest. This is an inquiry to determine:

  • The identity of the deceased
  • When, where, and how the death occurred
  • The cause of death

After opening the inquest and establishing the identity of the deceased, the Coroner may adjourn and allow the funeral to take place.

It may be sometime before the Inquest into the death is reopened to establish the cause of death.

The coroner will also:

  • Give free of charge, an order for Burial or Cremation
  • Send a Certificate (After Inquest) to the Registrar, stating the cause of death
  • Give, usually as a matter of course, a letter confirming the fact of death for Social Security and insurance benefit purposes
  • Give permission for the body to be removed out of England and Wales
  • Pay for the removal of the deceased from the place of death to the mortuary