Who are Coroners?
Coroners are either qualified doctors or lawyers. They are independent officeholders appointed by the local authority. Their job is to look into the circumstances of a sudden, unexplained, violent or unnatural death. This may require a post mortem examination, sometimes followed by an inquest. Through their investigation, a Coroner will decide whether a death was due to natural or unnatural causes. If a death may be due to unnatural causes, than an inquest must be held by law.