The coroner's service

The role of a coroner is to investigate certain types of deaths, often when there are unnatural or unexplained circumstances, and establish certain details.

Coroners and inquests

Coroners are judicial officers, appointed by the local authority. They are usually experienced lawyers, who work within a framework of laws passed by parliament. 

However, they are independent of both local and central government.

The Chief Coroner is the national head of the coroner system and gives guidance on standards and the work coroners do. 

Coroner's inquests

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