Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice

We are responsible for the law and policy governing coroners and deal with the operation of the current coroner system.

Coroners are independent judicial officers appointed and paid for by the relevant local authorities who are responsible for investigating violent, unnatural deaths or sudden deaths of unknown cause and deaths in custody that are reported to them.

Our responsibilities include:

  • cross-government liaison on coroner matters
  • queries and advice to ministers, coroners, local authorities and the public
  • liaison with coroners and bereavement groups
  • training for coroners and their staff
  • supervision of the amalgamation of coroner districts
  • other statutory casework.

The government is committed to strengthening and improving the coroner system. The Coroners and Justice Bill was introduced into Parliament in January 2009, following extensive consultation, and became an Act on 12 November 2009.

MOJ Coroner Statistics 2010

MOJ Coroner statistics 2011

Guide to Coroners & Inquests and Charter for Coroners' Services

Contact us:

Tel: 0203 334 3555 for enquires about the current work of coroners 
Fax: 0203 334 2233 

Or contact us by email