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Coroners guides

Guide to coroners and inquests and Charter for coroner services

The Guide to coroners and inquests provides general information about coroners and inquests.

The Charter sets out the service standards that bereaved family members, other ‘properly interested persons’, and witnesses in a coroner inquiry should expect to receive. The Charter also sets out what someone can do if they wish to complain about the level of service they have received or the personal conduct of a coroner. 

The Guide and Charter apply to current coroner services, as set out under the Coroners Act 1988.

Guide and Charter (English) (PDF 0.11mb)

Guide and Charter (Welsh) (PDF 0.34mb)

Guidance for coroners on the supply of information concerning the death of children

The Coroners Rules 1984 have been amended to introduce a new rule concerning the supply of information to Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

The changes came into effect on 17 July 2008.

Guidance on the supply of information concerning the death of children (PDF 0.18mb 24 pages)

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