Office of the Coroner

The Coroners' Society has the following objects: -
a) the promotion of the usefulness of the office of coroner to the public;
b) the ascertainment in questions of difficulty of the duties which devolve on coroners;
c) the advancement of such amendments to the law as seem desirable;
d) the establishment and maintenance of contact with HM Government and the Chief Coroner; and
e) the protection of the rights and interest of coroners

Coroners provide a local service to the community and more information can be found about the role of Coroners on the Ministry of Justice Website but see also Department for Constitutional Affairs Website

There is some useful information about attending inquests on the Coroners' Court Support Service Website - (though at this time this service, which is completely separate from the Society is only available in a few jurisdictions)

The Coroners' Society is not a regulatory body.

If you require further information please contact the Coroners' Society

The Coroners' Society of England and Wales

HM Coroner’s Court
Gerard Majella Courthouse
Boundary Street
L5 2QD
Telephone 0151 233 0135
(This number leads to a voicemail facility where messages including your name, phone number and message should be left. The messages will only be interrogated during office hours when jurisdiction duties permit - the society is run by working coroners so please be patient, as our duties to those affected by sudden and unexpected death must come first)

The President of the Society for 2016/17 is:


 Ian Smith , Senior Coroner Stoke and North Staffordshire


The Honorary Secretary is:







André J A Rebello OBE, Senior Coroner for Liverpool and Wirral [The Hon. Secretary has overall control of the affairs of the Society (subject to the direction of Council)] 

The Society Council

The Council consists of senior officer holders, President, Senior and Junior Vice-Presidents, Hon Secretary, Treasurer, several assistant secretaries with specific delegated areas of responsibility, Past Presidents of the Society who still hold office and six elected members. Each local Coroners' Society also appoints a member of Council. The Council has three committees which operate as working groups with delegated responsibility and which report to Council for decisions.


The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) (formerly the Office for Judicial Complaints) supports the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice in their joint responsibility for judicial discipline. It seeks to ensure that all judicial disciplinary issues are dealt with consistently, fairly and efficiently.

The JCIO operates in accordance with the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2013 and the supporting rules.  It can only deal with complaints about a judicial office-holder's personal conduct - it cannot deal with complaints about judicial decisions or about case management.