This Commons Library briefing paper deals with coroners' investigations and inquests in England and Wales.Jump to full report >>
This briefing paper deals with the law in England and Wales. It includes information about:
A coroner must investigate a death where (s)he is made aware that the body is within that coroner’s area and (s)he has reason to suspect that:
The purpose of an investigation is to establish:
The scope of the coroner’s investigation must be widened to include an investigation of the broad circumstances of the death, including events leading up to the death in question, where this wider investigation is necessary to ensure compliance with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to life).
The Ministry of Justice has published A Guide to Coroner Services for Bereaved People (updated January 2020) to provide bereaved people with an explanation of the coroner investigation and inquest process and links to organisations that may provide help and advice.
Other Commons Library briefing papers provide further information about coroners and inquests:
Challenging coroners' decisions, (number 00525);
Legal aid for representation at an inquest (number 04358);
The Office of the Chief Coroner (number 05721).