Coroner

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Coroners investigate deaths where the causes are unexplained, or the person’s identity is unclear or unknown.

Average salary (a year)

£85,000 Starter

to

£115,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become

How to become a coroner

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct Application

You'll start by applying to be an assistant coroner before being appointed to position of coroner. Vacancies are advertised by local authorities.

To apply, you should be either:

Local authorities appoint coroners and assistant coroners, with the consent of the Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor.

More Information

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a coroner from the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary and the Crown Prosecution Service.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a coroner, you could:

  • hold an inquest into a death if you believe one is needed
  • gather evidence, witness statements and information about the circumstances of a death
  • talk to professionals involved, like the deceased's doctor or the police
  • order a post-mortem examination if there are questions around the cause of death
  • decide the cause of death by analysing all the available facts
  • notify the registrar about the death, and results of any inquest
  • keep relatives informed of progress
  • write reports and make recommendations to prevent future deaths

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a court or in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience, you can apply for the position of senior coroner, with chief coroner the most senior position.

You can also apply to become a course director with the Judicial College.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

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