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Coroner

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

Annual Salary

£85,000 to £115,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

36 to 38 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on a rota

Day to day tasks

In this role you could bedeciding 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.

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
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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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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