The Coroner is automatically involved when someone dies in certain circumstances. These include:
- No Doctor attended the deceased during his or her last illness
- The cause of death appears to be unknown
- The death occurred during an operation or in the immediate days following
- The death occurred at work or was due to industrial disease or poisoning
- The death was sudden or unexpected
- It is suspected that the death was due to violence or neglect
- The death was in other suspicious circumstances
- The death occurred in prison or in police custody
The Coroner’s involvement, in most cases, is a formality and an examination would normally be made to ascertain the cause of death.
In circumstances where the Coroner feels the death is not due to natural causes or is a result of an industrial disease, a formal inquest may be held. If this is the case, you will be kept informed by the Coroner’s Officer of the necessary procedures.
The purpose of the Coroners service, when a death is reported, is:
To establish whether a Coroner’s inquest is required
To establish how, when, and where the person came by their death
To assist in the prevention of future deaths
For further information on Coroners and Inquests, please click here.
Please note: The death cannot be registered until after the Coroner has issued the necessary paperwork direct to the Registrar concerned. If there is an inquest please see Coroner’s Inquest below.
Please note: If the Coroner is involved you do not have to wait for the Coroners verdict prior to contacting us, in most cases the funeral can still be arranged.
Burial When The Coroner Is Involved
If there is no requirement for an inquest, then the death must be registered and the green certificate handed to us as soon as possible after registration, in order for the funeral to take place.
Cremation When The Coroner Is Involved
If there is no requirement for an inquest, then the Coroner provides us with the necessary form for the funeral to take place. There will be no paperwork for you to give to us.
Coroner’s Inquest For Burial Or Cremation
The Coroner provides us with the necessary form for the funeral to take place. In this case you do not need to register the death, this is done automatically through the Coroner. The Coroner will send interim death certificates direct to you (you will need to request how many certificates you require). These certificates look and function the same as normal death certificates, except the cause of death is not confirmed. There will be no paperwork for you to give to us.