Coroner

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Coroners look into deaths from unnatural or unknown causes, or those that have happened suddenly or in prison or police custody.

Salary range: £85,000 to £115,000

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How to become a coroner

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
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Direct application

You’ll usually start as an assistant coroner.

You should be either:

Local authorities appoint coroners and assistant coroners, with the consent of the Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor.

More information

Career tips

A few coroners have qualifications in both law and medicine.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a coroner from the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be

  • deciding the cause of death by analysing all the available information
  • talking to other professionals involved, like the deceased’s doctor
  • ordering a post-mortem examination if there are questions around the cause of death
  • holding an inquest into the death if you believe one is needed
  • notifying the registrar about the death, and results of any inquest  
  • dealing with upset relatives
  • writing reports and recommendations to prevent future deaths

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a court or in an NHS or private hospital.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you can apply for the position of senior coroner, with chief coroner the most senior position.

You can also apply to become a course director with the Judicial College.