An independent legal oﬃcer of the Crown who is responsible for deciding whether to hold a POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION and an inquest in cases of sudden or unexpected or unnatural death. He or she presides over an inquest, if held – sometimes with the help of a jury. Coroners are usually lawyers or doctors (some are double-qualiﬁed) who have been qualiﬁed for at least ﬁve years. In Scotland the coroner is known as the procurator ﬁscal.
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