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Chief Coroner’s Guidance, Advice and Law Sheets

GUIDANCE

The Chief Coroner provides detailed Guidance to coroners on various matters relating to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, and also occasionally on the law, following an important case.  These are written to assist coroners with the law and their legal duties, and to provide commentary and advice on policy and practice.

The Chief Coroner’s Guide to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.1 The use of post-mortem imaging (adults) (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.2 Location of Inquests (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.3 Oaths and Robes (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.4 Recordings (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.5 Reports to Prevent Future Deaths (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No 6 The Appointment of Coroners (Revised March 2020) (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.7 A Cadre of Coroners for Service Deaths (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.8 Pre-Signed Forms (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.9 Opening Inquests (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.10 Warnings to Juries (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.11 Juries in Railway Cases (Suicides and Accidents) (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.12 The Inquest Checklist (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.13 Family Court Proceedings (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.14 Mergers of Coroner Areas (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.15 Apparent Bias (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.16 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.16A Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) 3 April 2017 onwards (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.17 Conclusions: Short-form and narrative (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.18 Section 1(4) Reports: Investigation Without a Body (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 19 Mentors (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 20 Key Skills for Assistant Coroners (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 20A  Key Skills Form (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.21 Translators and Interpreters (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.22 Pre-Inquest Review Hearings (opens in a new tab)

Chief Coroner Joint Guidance on Sudden Cardiac Death – Inherited Heart Conditions (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 24 Transfers (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.25 Coroners and the media (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 26 Organ Donation (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 27 Jury Irregularities (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No.28 Report of Death to the Coroner: Decision Making and Expedited Decisions (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 29 Documentary inquests (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 30 Judge-led inquests (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 31 Death Referrals and Medical Examiners (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 32 Post-Mortem Examinations including Second Post-Mortem Examinations (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 33 Suspension, Adjournment and Resumption of Investigations and Inquests (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No 34 Chief Coroner’s Guidance for coroners on Covid-19 (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No. 35 Hearings during the pandemic (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No 36 Summary of the Coronavirus Act 2020, provisions relevant to coroners (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No 37 COVID-19 deaths and possible exposure in the workplace – AMENDED (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No 38 Remote participation (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No 39 Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF, opens in a new tab)

Guidance No 40 Counsel to the inquest (opens in a new tab)

Guidance No 41 Use of Pen Portrait material (PDF, opens in a new tab)

CORONER BENCH BOOK

This Bench Book (opens in a new tab) is currently under review and not all of the information contained within should be treated as current. It may not reflect current case law. A new version will be published presently.

LAW SHEETS

Law Sheet No.1: Unlawful killing (opens in a new tab)

Law Sheet No.2: Galbraith plus (opens in a new tab)

Law Sheet No.3: The Worcestershire Case (opens in a new tab)

Law Sheet No.4: Hearsay Evidence (opens in a new tab)

Law Sheet No.5: The Discretion of the Coroner (opens in a new tab)

 

TREASURE

Treasure: A Practical Guide for Coroners – Advice from the Chief Coroner (opens in a new tab)

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

MoU with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and National Police Chiefs’ Council (opens in a new tab)

MoU The Health & Safety Executive 21.05.2019 (opens in a new tab)