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coroner

 [kor´ah-ner]
an official of a local community who holds inquests concerning sudden, violent, or unexplained deaths.

cor·o·ner

(kōr'o-ner),
An official whose duty it is to investigate sudden, suspicious, or violent death to determine its cause; in some communities, the office has been replaced by that of a medical examiner.
[L. corona, a crown]

coroner

(kôr′ə-nər, kŏr′-)
n.
A public officer whose primary function is to investigate any death thought to be of other than natural causes.

cor′o·ner·ship′ n.

coroner

Forensics-UK
An independent judicial officer who acts on behalf of the Crown to investigate the cause and circumstances of violent or unnatural, sudden or unexplained deaths. Coroners must be legally and/or medically qualified; most are now drawn from the legal profession. They are independent of both local and central government and required to act in accordance with established rules and procedures. Coroners generally have a team of support personnel.

Forensics-US
An elected or appointed public official whose chief responsibility is to investigate and provide official interpretation regarding the manner and possible cause(s) of unexplained deaths. Coroners often have law enforcement or funeral home backgrounds, but they may also be medical doctors who have run for the office of coroner. Coroners may hold public inquests to determine the cause and manner of death; they may have a doctor examine the body and report their findings at the inquest. Usually coroners have some law enforcement or legal powers, such as subpoena powers, but this varies depending on the laws in their jurisdiction. Coroners may be required, according to the jurisdiction, to interpret (i.e., “determine”) the cause of death if it was natural but the decedent’s recent medical history is unknown. US coroners investigate deaths that occur suddenly, violently, without explanation or natural cause, when the stated causes conflict with the findings at the scene of death or at post-mortem examination, due or potentially due to foul play, related to intoxication or drug overdose, and regardless of whether it was self inflicted.

coroner

Forensic medicine An elected–less commonly appointed–public official whose chief responsibility is to investigate and provide official interpretation regarding the manner and possible cause(s) of unexplained deaths; in contrast to a medical examiner, coroners are usually not required to be medical doctors, although the requirements depend on the laws governing the jurisdiction. See Forensic pathology. Cf Medical examiner.

cor·o·ner

(kōr'ŏ-nĕr)
An official whose duty is to investigate sudden, suspicious, or violent death to determine its cause. In some communities, the office has been replaced by that of medical examiner.
[L. corona, a crown]

coroner

A barrister, solicitor or doctor, appointed by the County authorities mainly for the purpose of enquiring into the cause of death in cases in which this is not immediately apparent or in which death cannot be certified by an attending doctor.
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The Coroner, however, passed briskly to the next point, and Poirot drew a deep breath of relief.
Inglethorp," said the Coroner, "you have heard your wife's dying words repeated here.
The Acting Attorney-General also thanked outgoing State Coroner Mark Johns for his contribution.
'I find that there has been a mistake by the Coroner in that she took into consideration the points (proceedings) will not end (if the 24th witness was recalled).
The coroner presiding over the hearing had refused to hear evidence from Aaron Shotton and Bernie Attridge, respectively the leader and deputy leader of Flintshire County Council.
A week of hearings into Mr Sargeant's death took place in November, but the inquest was adjourned after counsel for Mr Jones said she would seek a judicial review of coroner John Gittins' decision not to call two Flintshire councillors as witnesses.
The Coroner for Leicester City and South Leicester made the appeal for help in finding his family.
The Coroner's Office and Courts were officially opened by the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, His Honour Judge, Mark Lucraft QC, along with the mayors of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil, and chairman of Powys.
In 2016 the Birmingham and Solihull coroner ordered 1,685 postmortem examinations, rising to about 1,750 last year.
Senior Coroner Clare Bailey has already overseen significant improvements on Teesside, drastically reducing the time it takes for families to find out the cause of death of a loved one.
The city council's coroner's and mortuary service has a statutory duty to establish the cause or circumstances of a person's death if it was violent or unnatural, if the cause is unknown, they died in custody, or where a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard is in place.