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Coroner and post-mortems
The coroner is an independent person responsible for holding
inquests into violent, sudden or suspicious deaths. Although
appointed and paid for by local councils, the coroner is not a
local government officer but holds office under the Crown.
If the coroner has arranged to hold a post-mortem, the death
cannot be registered until the coroner has sent the registrar the
details of the cause of death.
After the post mortem has been held, the coroner's officer will
contact the family, notify them of the results and will advise them
to contact the register office to book an appointment - allowing
time for the coroner to send details to the register office
If there is to be a cremation, the relevant forms required by
the crematorium will be issued by the coroner. If there is to be a
burial, the registrar will usually issue the relevant paperwork at
the time that the registration is made.
what to do after someone dies on GOV.UK.
If there has been an inquest, the registrar will register the
death on information provided by the coroner and there will be no
need for anyone to attend the register office to make a
registration. The coroner will provide the registrar with the name
and address of the next of kin and the registrar will write to
them to advise that a registration has been made.
Find out more about inquests on NHS.UK.