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Coroner Job Description

A Coroner is a medical professional who confirms, certifies and determines the cause of death for people in their jurisdiction. 


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Coroner responsibilities include:

  • Determining the cause, manner and time of death of a deceased individual
  • Conducting autopsies and medico-legal examinations or supervising medical examiners responsible for these duties
  • Establishing the identity of the deceased

Job brief

We are looking for a Coroner to join our team and oversee the examination of deceased individuals within our jurisdiction, determine cause-of-death and complete death certificates as needed.

Coroner responsibilities include conducting autopsies, maintaining records and determining the cause of death for ongoing legal cases. This position may also be required to testify in court as an expert witness and work with law enforcement. 

Ultimately, you will work with a team of medical examiners to help law enforcement understand the cause of death in legal cases.


  • Certify deaths and complete death certificates, including the cause and manner of death
  • Record and preserve any personal objects or items that may be related to the cause of death
  • Remove or supervise the removal of bodies using the appropriate equipment and arrange transportation to morgues
  • Testify at inquests, hearings or court trials as required
  • Complete and maintain reports and death certificates
  • Confer with public health officials, doctors and law enforcement officers

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Coroner or similar role
  • Knowledge of local laws and legal regulations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong administration expertise
  • Expertise with computers
  • Analytical and detail-oriented
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Coroner

Frequently asked questions

What does a Coroner do?

A Coroner is a medical professional who ensures that all deaths are investigated in order for them to determine the manner or cause while working with local law enforcement.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a Coroner?

A Coroner will have a variety of duties depending on the case they are working on, but they typically perform autopsies to determine the cause of death. They can also be required to investigate crime scenes and issue death certificates to family members.

What makes a good Coroner?

A good Coroner must be detail-oriented, as they need to determine the cause of death and provide assistance to law enforcement agencies in ongoing cases. They also need to have strong written and verbal communication skills since they work with a number of agencies to provide insight on how an individual’s death

Who does a Coroner work with?

A Coroner typically works with Police Officers when they are investigating a crime scene, but they also provide Legal Counsel with ongoing testimony and evidence throughout a court case.

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