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.

The role of the coroner

It is the role of the coroner to determine the circumstances surrounding certain types of death, and to inquire and investigate to establish certain facts. The coroner will establish:

  • who - the identity of the deceased 
  • when -  when the death occurred 
  • where - the location of the death 
  • how - the cause and circumstances of the death

The coroner's role is not to find blame, only to establish the facts. It is for others, based on the findings of the coroner, to then look to establish if there was any wrong doing, criminal or otherwise, or where negligence may have taken place.