H.M. Coroner

The Coroner is automatically involved when someone dies in certain circumstances. These include:

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:

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.