The Coroner's Service investigates
unnatural, sudden or unexplained deaths and any deaths in police
The Coroner can then make recommendations to help prevent
similar deaths in the future.
People also have a duty to report any object believed to be
treasure to the Coroner.
The Coroner is an independent judicial officer, working in
partnership with West Sussex County Council.
This information is intended for the next of kin explaining what to do if somebody dies suddenly, Why the police are involved, identification, personal belongings and clothing and what happens next. There is also information on post mortem examinations and funeral arrangements.
Every investigation is different and the Coroner decides what is necessary. This may involve: a review of the person's medical history and the circumstances of the death; a post mortem (autopsy) and pathology tests;specialist reports from experts and external investigators such as police, doctors, engineers, the fire brigade, air safety officer etc; statements from witnesses, such as family and friends; and an Inquest.
These frequently asked questions include general queries, questions on post mortems, inquests, as well as other responsibilities of the Coroner, such as treasure.
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