What is a coroner court?

The Coroner Court is the court where an investigation into cause of death is carried out. If the cause of death appears to be unknown, violent or unnatural causes, then the coroner (a specially trained doctor or lawyer who is responsible for determining cause of death) will decide to carry out an inquest.  This is an investigation designed to find out who the deceased was, and where, when and how they died. The “how” question is usually the most difficult. This process takes time and most coroners aim to complete inquests within 6-9 months.

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