Overview of the Coroner Service

The Coroner Service is a network of Coroners located throughout the country.

The Coroners’ core function is to investigate sudden and unexplained deaths so that a death certificate can be issued.  This is an important public service to the living and in particular to the next-of-kin and friends of the deceased.

The Coroner Service not only provides closure for those bereaved suddenly but also performs a wider public service by identifying matters of public interest that can have life/death consequences.

Coroners appreciate that the procedures involved in their inquiries, though necessary, may involve upset and trauma for the next-of-kin and friends.  Coroners will carry out their work as sensitively as possible and with respect for the deceased, next-of-kin and friends.

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For details on the various Topics available in this section, please select from the links below

Who are Coroners?

What is the Coroner Service?

What can you expect from the Coroner Service?

If Expectations are not Met

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