The coroner's service

The role of a coroner is to get involved when someone has died through tragic or unexplained circumstances, establishing certain details surrounding their death. Find out more about their role, current and upcoming inquests and how to contact the service.

Overview

Coroners are independent judicial officers and are not employed by the local authority. They are independent of both local and central government, and are required to act in accordance with legislation.  

Coroners and their deputies must be either lawyers or medical practitioners of at least 5 years' standing, and each has the same powers to hold inquests.

Coroner's inquests

Find out more about current and upcoming coroner's inquests.