The Coroner's for the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin area are Mr J.P. Ellery – Senior Coroner and Mr A.R. Barkley – Assistant Coroner.
In the following circumstances a death should be reported to the Coroner:
- an accident or injury
- an industrial disease
- during a surgical operation
- before recovery from an anaesthetic
- if the cause of death is unknown
- death of a person under the age of 18
If the death has to be reported to the Coroner, it cannot be registered, nor can the funeral take place, without the Coroner's authorisation.
Where a death is reported to the Coroner, the Coroner's Officer will contact the relatives. A Coroner can order a post-mortem examination without obtaining the relatives' permission. This examination will ascertain the cause of death.
The Coroner may also wish to hold an investigation into circumstances leading up to a death (including an Inquest). When an Inquest is called, the Coroner's Office will contact the relatives and will provide a copy of the Ministry of Justice guide to Coroners and Inquests and Charter for Coroner Services.
When an Inquest is to be held the death cannot be registered until the conclusion of the Inquest, but a certificate of death can be issued on request to the family to allow the funeral to take place. When the inquest is complete a certificate will be issued to the Registrar who will then be able to register the death.
For more information please view the 'Guide to coroner services and investigations'.