Coroner’s ProcedureThe coroner's job is to determining who the deceased was and how, when and where they came by their death. When the death is suspected to have been either sudden with unknown cause, violent, or unnatural, the coroner decides whether to hold a post-mortem examination and, if necessary, an inquest. We understand that the Coroners procedure can be very distressing for families and we are here to offer support and advice throughout the process. The following information is provided to help you better understand the procedure, what it involves and why.
When is a Death Referred to the CoronerThere are several circumstances that may lead to a death being reported to the coroner. This is a legal requirement and is usually fulfilled by either the deceased’s doctor, hospital staff or police.
- The cause of death is unknown
- The death was violent or unnatural
- The death was sudden and unexplained
- The person who died was not visited by a medical practitioner during their final illness
- A medical certificate isn’t available
- The person who died wasn’t seen by the doctor who signed the medical certificate within 14 days before death or after they died
- A death occurred during an operation or before the person came out of anaesthetic
The medical certificate suggests the death may have been caused by an industrial disease or industrial poisoning
- The deceased was subject to a Depravation of Liberties Order