The main duty of a Coroner is to enquire into sudden or
unexplained deaths. This is usually in the form of a post-mortem
examination. The examination is followed by an inquest if the cause
of death is not natural.
When a person dies in certain circumstances, their death has to
be investigated in a specific way. For example, the death of a
person in custody or a death caused by a person's work. The
duties and responsibilities of the Coroner have to comply with the
Coroners’ Act 1988.
The council appoints Coroners on a part-time basis. Their main
- Holding inquests.
- Arranging for post mortems to be carried out.
- Employing any other services, such as Funeral Directors, as
Coroners must have no less than five years experience as one of
- Legally qualified Medical Practitioner.
Coroners’ Officers assist the Coroner. They can be
civilians or police officers. They receive reports of deaths and
make enquiries on the Coroners’ behalf.
In our area the Coroner is responsible for the joint areas of
North and North East Lincolnshire. As such North East Lincolnshire Council
appoints the Coroner.
The Coroners' Office is situated in North East Lincolnshire
Telephone: 01472 324020
More information about the work of the Coroner's Office can
be found on the Ministry of