Coroner is the person responsible for investigating deaths and
is usually a doctor, solicitor, police officer or lawyer. If the
Coroner is involved an investigation will be carried out to
determine the exact cause of death. You will be unable to
register death until the Coroner’s findings are concluded. The
Coroner is usually required to investigate a death if: -
The deceased has
not seen the doctor in the last 14 days.
The death was
violent, unnatural or is uncertain.
The cause of
death is not known or is uncertain.
occurred whilst the person was undergoing an operation or
under the effects of anaesthetic.
The death was
caused by an industrial disease.
occurred in prison or in police custody.
A death will
normally be referred to the Coroner by the doctor who is called
when the death occurred. The Coroner can request for an
investigation into the cause of death, consisting of a
post-mortem examination and possibly an inquest, to be carried
out. The Coroner does not require consent from the family for a
post mortem examination to take place but the family can ask for
a doctor to be present.
Once the Coroner has been
NO ACTION NECESSARY
– Having heard of all the circumstances, the Coroner may
decide that no post-mortem is necessary. In this case the
Coroner will issue a Form 100a (this is
usually sent direct to the Registrar) to allow the
registration to take place. The Medical Certificate of
Cause of Death (this will be issued by the Doctor)
will also be needed to complete registration. The Registrar
will issue the Certificate for Burial or Cremation
(Green Certificate) which must be delivered to us as
soon as possible. If cremation has been chosen we will
arrange for the Cremation Forms 4 and 5 to
be completed, as is required by cremation law.
A POST-MORTEM IS NECESSARY
– If the results of a post-mortem conclude that the death
was due to natural causes the Coroner will issue a Form 100b (this is usually sent direct to the
Registrar) to allow the registration to take place. In the
case of burial the Registrar will issue the Certificate for Burial or Cremation (Green Certificate)
which must be delivered to us as soon as possible. If
cremation has been chosen the Coroner will issue a Coroner’s Certificate for Cremation – Form 6
(this will be sent direct to the crematorium by us or the
Coroner) which replaces the Certificate for Burial or
Cremation (Green Certificate) and the Cremation
Forms 4 and 5.
INQUEST FOLLOWING POST-MORTEM
– If the Coroner is not satisfied that death was due to
natural causes or that it was caused, or was contributed to,
by one of the many conditions in which an inquest is
necessary (some of which are detailed in the Inquest section
of this leaflet) an inquest will be held. If the cause of
death is established and given in evidence at the opening of
the inquest the following forms will normally be issued:-
Coroner’s Order for
Burial - Form 101 (this will be collected by us)
for Cremation – Form 6 (this will be
delivered direct to the crematorium by us or the
Coroner) and replaces the Certificate for Burial
or Cremation (Green Certificate) and the Cremation Forms 4 and 5.
After the inquest has been closed
the Coroner will issue a Coroner’s Certificate after Inquest
– Form 99 (this is usually sent direct to the
Registrar). Once this has been received by the Registrar the
family can apply to the Registrar for a Certificate of
Registration of Death - Form BD8.
If the cause of death is not
established at the inquest the Coroner will only allow burial to
If the cause of death is due to
homicide or a Section 1 Road Traffic Accident, and a person or
persons is/are to be charged with the offence, only burial will
be allowed and then only with the agreement with the Defence of
An inquest is an enquiry into the medical cause and
circumstances of death. An inquest will be held if a post-mortem
examination concludes that the death was:-
Caused by an
occurred in prison.
The cause of
death remains uncertain after a post mortem examination.
Inquests are held in
these circumstances even if death occurred abroad and the body
is returned to Britain. An inquest will be held to ascertain:-
Who the deceased
How, when and
where the deceased came about their death.
required by the Registration Acts to be registered
concerning the death.
If an inquest is
held the Coroner will inform the following people:-
of the deceased.
(if different from above).
representative (if different from above).