What verdicts can a coroner give?

Following a change in the law in 2013, the coroner now gives a 'determination' on the cause of death. This can be:

  • accident/misadventure
  • unlawful killing
  • natural causes.

They will usually summarise the circumstances leading to the death and, if relevant, will raise concerns about future public safety.

Coroners also have the power to report matters to the relevant authority to enable action to be taken to prevent similar fatalities in the future (eg to a hospital trust or drug manufacturer).

Read our full guide on coroners' inquiries.

This page was correct at publication on 13/01/2022. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.