Some deaths have to be reported to a coroner before the death can be registered at the registration office and before the document allowing the funeral to go ahead can be issued.
The following are the circumstances where a death would normally be reported to a coroner:
- There is no doctor who can issue a medical certificate of cause of death
- The deceased was not seen by the doctor issuing the medical certificate after death nor within 14 days before death
- The cause of death is unknown
- The cause of death is believed to be unnatural or suspicious
- The death occurred during an operation or before recovery from an anaesthetic
- The death was due to industrial disease or industrial poisoning
What happens in these circumstances?
Once a death has been reported to the coroner, the registrar cannot go ahead with the registration until the coroner has decided whether any further investigation is needed. In the vast majority of cases no further investigation is necessary and the registration can be completed. In some cases an inquest is carried out.
You can view the list of upcoming inquests at
What happens after the inquest?
Once the coroner has passed their verdict as to cause of death they will notify the registrar who will then register the death and contact the next of kin to offer to issue them any death certificates they might require.
How to contact the coroner
If you wish to speak to a coroner’s officer about an existing case please call:
Northampton Coroner’s Office
Phone: 01604 363102
The senior coroner for Northamptonshire is:
Mrs Anne Pember
HM Coroner for the County of Northamptonshire
Northampton NN1 1ED