It is advisable to consult us at an early stage when
the Coroner is involved, since the procedure
complicated and confusing. The procedure varies according to the circumstances of the death, but
a brief summary follows for your information.
If the death occurs by accident or foul play, no documents will be available until after the Coroner has conducted his preliminary findings. The cause of death must be established together with the circumstances surrounding the death and evidence of correct identity.
An Inquest is then opened. Relatives are not always required to attend and only after the preliminary findings are received by the Coroner is the paperwork then issued for the funeral to proceed.
No documentation is available for the registration until after the subsequent full inquest, which could be delayed by a number of weeks. The police usually advise you of the Full Inquest date, place and time.
The Coroner is empowered to permit a Doctor to issue the Certificate after discussing the case history, although some Coroners also insist on the facts being presented in writing. The Cause of Death certificate is issued without a post mortem and normal Registration takes place once the Coroner has issued a Special Document of Authority which we obtain. Registration is therefore slightly delayed.