Q548: Who is a Coroner and what are their duties?
A Coroner is someone who is appointed locally and funded by the Local Authority but with Crown authority, hence the term Her Majesty's Coroner. A Coroner is usually a person who has a medical and/or legal qualification and at least five years medical experience.
The duties of a Coroner are to investigate violent, unnatural and sudden deaths.
He has to determine who the deceased was, how, when and where he/she died and to enquire into the circumstances. In the case of unnatural deaths, the Coroner must hold an Inquest. Murder, manslaughter and those deemed suspicious are investigated by the Police and also road collisions.
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