Coroner | Selby College
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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.

Potential salary

£85,000 to £115,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

36 to 38 variable

  • 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

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

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

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.

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

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