Coroners investigate deaths that have been reported to them.
Who reports a death to the Coroner?
Anyone can report a death to the Coroner although usually it is reported by the Police, a medical professional or the local Registrar. An investigation may then be opened to establish whether a death is natural or not, depending on this outcome this could then lead to an Inquest
The circumstances of deaths reported to the Coroner:
A death may be reported to the coroner under the following circumstances:
- any sudden or unexpected death,
- a death occurring after injury,
- an industrial death,
- if the death is violent for example accident,
- suicide or murder.
What happens once a death is reported?
Initial enquiries are made by the Coroners officers and submission to the Coroner for consideration.
Post mortem examinations
A post mortem is an examination of the body of the person who has died, it is sometimes required if the deceased’s own doctor or the hospital doctor cannot give a medical cause of death.