Chief Coroner’s combined annual report 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020

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This report covers the Chief Coroner’s work in 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020. It represents His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC’s report to the Lord Chancellor.

The report details the operation of the coroner service following the suite of coroner reforms implemented in July 2013 under the 2009 Act and Rules and Regulations underpinning it.

In particular the Chief Coroner’s report sets out:

  • the work that he as well as coroners, their investigating officers and administrative staff have achieved to manage the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • progress in promoting consistency in coroner practices across England and Wales
  • guidance for coroners and the training he has facilitated for coroners and their investigating officers, supported by stakeholder events for local authorities and bereavement support organisations
  • positive developments
  • issues of concern
  • recommendations to improve coroner services further

The report can be read in full below.