Chief Coroner

Chief Coroner's Office,
11th Floor Thomas More,
Royal Courts of Justice,

Email: [email protected]

The Chief Coroner, an office created by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, is head of the coroner system, providing national leadership for coroners in England and Wales.

The appointment of the Chief Coroner is made by the Lord Chief Justice in consultation with the Lord Chancellor. On 18 August 2016 the Lord Chief Justice, after consultation with the Lord Chancellor, appointed His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC as the second Chief Coroner of England and Wales.

HHJ Lucraft QC’s appointment took effect on 1 October 2016 for a three-year term. He took over from His Honour Sir Peter Thornton QC. In September 2019 HHJ Lucraft QC’s term of appointment was extended by up to two years.

Judge Mark Lucraft was called to the Bar in 1984 and in practice at the Bar until his appointment to the Circuit Bench in July 2012.  He was appointed a Recorder in 2003. He was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge under Section 9(1) on 22 November 2016, and appointed a Senior Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) on 7 February 2017 sitting on criminal matters as well as undertaking his work as Chief Coroner.