- The Coronial Investigation is a process of inquiry and discovery which leads to an Inquest at which facts are found. The proceedings are inquisitorial in that in the Coroners Court there are no parties with a case to prove, but interested persons who help the court
- The judicial office of Coroner dates from the 9th Century being set out in statute in 1194 In the Office's historical context the Society is relatively modern -Extract from the minutes of the Coroners' Society meeting 10th February 1846 held in the chambers of W. Payne Esq.1 Churchyard Court, Temple, London
- President of the Coroners' Society of England And Wales 2013-2014 Dr Peter Dean, Senior Coroner for Suffolk All finds of treasure must be reported to the Coroner for the Area within 14 day
- Senior Vice President of the Coroners' Society of England and Wales 2013/2014 Peter Bedford, Senior Coroner, Berkshire
- The Coroners' Society of England and Wales Established 1846
- A Coroner's Courtroom serving the public today Not every Coroner has exclusive use of a courtroom - many adapt the premises and facilities made available by the relevant local council
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FULL ACCESS TO THE SITE IS LIMITED TO THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY, WHO ARE CORONIAL OFFICE HOLDERS IN ENGLAND AND WALES. CORRESPONDING MEMBERSHIP IS AVAILABLE TO JUDICIAL OFFICE HOLDERS WHO HOLD EQUIVALENT POSITIONS ELSEWHERE AROUND THE WORLD.
Unlike the system of Courts under HM Courts and Tribunal Service there is not one Coroner's jurisdiction. There are many separate and distinct coroners’ jurisdictions in England and Wales. Each jurisdiction is locally funded and resourced by local authorities. Not all jurisdictions have a dedicated court.
The Coroner and Justice Act 2009 was implemented on the 25th July 2013. As from this date the law and rules under the Act apply to all coroner inquiries, investigations and inquests. Even if a case was started before this date the new rules and regulations will applied.
The Chief Coroner, an office created by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, is now head of the coroner system, assuming overall responsibility and providing national leadership for coroners in England and Wales.
Each jurisdiction has different staffing levels for administration and investigation. It is usual for the staff working with HM Coroner to be employed by the local authority and/or the Police Authority. The Society does not have information about staff vacancies in coroners' offices. These positions are normally advertised on local and police authority websites.
Given the varying infrastructures in which HM Coroners work it is left to each society member to update the contact details in "find a coroner".