What a coroner does

Police always inform a coroner when someone dies unexpectedly, violently or in suspicious circumstances. If a general practitioner (GP) or doctor is unsure what caused a person’s death, they will report it to the coroner.

The coroner may order a post mortem. They’ll also need to decide if they should hold an inquiry into the death.

A finding is a report written by the coroner about the facts of the death. The coroner might also make comments or recommendations in their finding to help prevent similar deaths in the future.

Find out more about post mortems

Find out more about inquiries

Find out more about findings

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