The role of coroner

By on 16/05/2013 in Rebuttals

A story in today’s Birmingham Mail (May 16) claims that the role of Birmingham and Solihull Coroner is a Birmingham City Council job – this is not the case.

As clearly stated on the Birmingham City Council website, the coroner is an independent judicial officer presiding over a Court of Record within the English Judicial system and discharges his duties in accordance with the Coroner’s Act 1988, the Coroner’s Rules 1984, and other legislation.

The Coroner is independent from the West Midlands Police and although appointed and paid by Birmingham City Council, he is not their employee; the Coroner is not a Local Government Officer but holds office under the Crown.

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  1. Mark Simpson says:

    Good clarification.

    Although I can understand the Birmingham Mail’s confusion, being as the Coroner’s Office does appear in Birmingham City Council’s budget. Presumably more for administrative convenience at central government level. And also presumably to ensure the Office of Coroner is independent of the Police, to avoid any suggestion of potential bias.