Approximately half of all deaths in England and Wales are referred to HM Coroner. 

The Notification of Death Regulations came into effect on 1st October 2019 which set out the deaths which must be referred to the Coroner as follows;

a) there is a suspicion that the person’s death was due to;

    i. poisoning, including by an otherwise benign substance;
   ii. exposure to or contact with a toxic substance;
  iii. the use of a medicinal product, controlled drug or psychoactive substance;
  iv. violence;
   v. trauma or injury;
  vi. self-harm;
 vii. neglect, including self-neglect;
viii. the person undergoing a treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature
 ix. an injury or disease attributable to any employment held by the person during their lifetime

it is suspected that the person’s death was unnatural
the cause of death is unknown
the person died while in custody or otherwise in state detention
there is no attending medical practitioner required to sign a MCCD
the attending medical practitioner is not available within a reasonable time of the person’s death to sign a MCCD
the identity of the deceased cannot be ascertained

For further information please refer to the following;

The Death Notification Regulations 2019;

Ministry of Justice Guidance;

Chief Coroner’s Guidance;

If there is any doubt the Coroner’s Office should be contacted for further advice.  If you are unsure why your relative’s death has been reported please call us and a Coroner’s Officer will discuss it with you.

Reports are made mainly by doctors and the Police.  Upon receipt of a death report the Coroner will review the information and decide what should be done.  Please see to the left for the various possibilities.