There are times when a death must be reported to the coroner. The circumstances that might require this are:
- There isn’t a doctor who can issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
- The deceased was not seen by the particular doctor who is issuing the medical certificate or hasn’t been within 14 days before death
- The cause of death is unknown or believed to be unnatural or suspicious
- The death happened during an operation or before recovery from anaesthetic
- The cause of death involves industrial disease or industrial poisoning
Once a death has been reported to the coroner, the registrar will not register the death until the coroner has said whether they need to investigate the death any further. In most cases, this isn’t needed and the registration can be completed without delay.