Guide to coroner services and coroner investigations – a short guide

The ‘Guide to coroner services' is primarily for bereaved people but others involved in or affected by a coroner investigation or attending a coroner’s inquest may also find it helpful.



It explains the coroner investigation process, including the inquest, and sets out the standards of service that coroners should meet. It also explains what someone can do if they feel those standards are not met.

The Guide is statutory guidance issued by the Lord Chancellor under section 24 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

The accompanying ‘Coroner investigations – a short guide’ leaflet summarises the main elements of the coroner investigation process.

Both publications are also available in Welsh.

Coroners and burials statistics

What to do after someone dies

Office of the Chief Coroner

Coroners and Justice Act 2009