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A Coroner is appointed locally, funded by the Local Authority but with Crown authority, hence the term Her Majesty's Coroner. A Coroner is usually a person who has a medical and/or legal qualification and at least five years experience.

The duties of a Coroner are to investigate violent, unnatural and sudden deaths, also to enquire into treasure trove.

He has to determine who the deceased was, how when and where he/she died, and to enquire into the circumstances. In the case of unnatural deaths, the Coroner must hold an Inquest. Murder, manslaughter and those deemed suspicious are investigated by the Police, also road collisions.

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