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Coroner Service

14 February 2014

HM Coroner for Essex and Thurrock/ HM Coroner for Southend and South East Essex

Her Majesty's Coroner is an independent judicial officer who follows laws that apply to coroners and inquests. It is the duty of the coroner to investigate deaths reported that appear to be :
  • sudden and of unknown cause
  • unnatural or due to violence
  • occur in legal custody.
It is the responsibility of the coroner to make enquiries which will establish:
  • who the deceased was
  • when and where he or she died
  • how he or she died

The coroner's investigations may require a post-mortem examination to find out the cause of death. In a small amount of cases, it may be necessary to hold an inquest. Whatever the coroner decides the immediate next of kin will be given an explanation of arrangements and procedures involved.

For further information about the role of HM Coroner, the coroner’s officers and the coroner’s service please refer to the following: 

Useful links

Other useful information

The following publications are available from the Coroner's Office:  
  • What to do after a death in England and Wales (published by the Department for Works and Pensions)
  • Help is at hand – support and guidance after a traumatic death (published by the Department of Health)
  • Information relating to inherited cardiac conditions and sudden adult death syndrome
  • NHS Complaints Information
  • Tissue Donation information
  • Death Following Asbestos Related Disease Guide to Legal Entitlements.
Publications and leaflets are subject to sufficient supplies being provided by organisations concerned.