Coroner’s cases

When do I need a coroner?

A coroner examines the body for the cause of the death. This is called a post-mortem examination. You only need a coroner in these situations:

  • If the doctor is unable to state the cause of death because he or she did not attend to the deceased in the previous three months
  • If someone dies in hospital unexpectedly
  • If the doctor or police suspect that the person committed suicide or took a drug overdose
  • If the doctor or police suspect that the person was murdered
  • If the person dies in a fire, an accident at home or a road accident or any other accident
  • If the person dies at work
  • If the person dies in a government institution, such as a prison
  • If the person dies in a public place
  • SIDS (Cot Death) and any other unexpected death that cannot be explained without a post-mortem examination.