Publication of the Guide to Coroner Services
The Ministry of Justice have today published the new ‘Guide to Coroner Services’ booklet and an accompanying leaflet, ‘Coroner investigations – a short guide’.
The Guide explains to bereaved people, and others who come into contact with a coroner service, what they can expect from the coroner’s investigation. It sets out the standards of service that they should receive and what they can do if they are not satisfied. It aims to help to make standards of service more transparent for coroners and bereaved people, as well as assisting the Chief Coroner in discharging his responsibility for overseeing coroner services.
The Guide describes the coroner system in England and Wales under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, which went live last year. It replaces and updates the ‘Guide to coroners and inquests and Charter for coroner services’ which applied to the coroner system under the previous coroner legislation (the Coroners Act 1988 and the Coroners Rules 1984). The Short Guide is a new quick reference leaflet version of the Guide which we have produced following suggestions made by stakeholders in our spring 2013 coroner reform consultation.
The Guide is statutory guidance. It is issued under Section 42 of the 2009 Act, which allows the Lord Chancellor to issue guidance on how the coroner system is expected to operate in relation to bereaved people, including the way in which they can participate in coroner investigations.
We are distributing hard copies of the Guide and Short Guide to all coroners’ offices across England and Wales, as well as publishing the documents and their Welsh translations on www.gov.uk at
Coroners, Burials, Cremation and Inquiries Policy Team
Ministry of Justice