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When the Death is Referred to a Coroner

In the best interests of the community, any sudden or unexplained death is investigated by a coroner. Coroners are judicial officers independent of both local and central government and are required to act in accordance with certain rules of procedure. Coroners (or their trained deputies) must be available at all times.

A death referred to a Coroner is not necessarily cause for alarm. There are many simple reasons why a death may be reported. For example, it may be that the person who has died has not seen their doctor for a long time. The enquiry will not necessarily delay the funeral and you should still contact the Funeral Director to begin arrangements, as they will be able to advise you further.

For more information about the coroner’s role or court procedures following an enquiry, please download our Coroner FAQ.

Flowchart procedure to follow when a death has been referred to a Coroner