We appoint coroners to investigate sudden or unexplained deaths. They are independent of local and central government and follow set rules and procedures.
A death is usually reported to the coroner by a doctor or the registrations service. However, anyone who is concerned about a death can report it too.
A coroner will investigate when:
- deaths are violent or unnatural
- the cause of death is unknown
- deaths occur in police custody or prison
The permanent Senior Coroner for Lincolnshire is Mr Paul Smith, who has extensive experience of the role. He has been Acting Senior Coroner for Lincolnshire since September 2020 and was also appointed Acting Senior Coroner for North Lincolnshire and Grimsby in September 2021, a role that he continues to fill.
He was a Partner with the firm of McKinnells Solicitors in Lincoln for over 25 years, and in 1994 he was awarded the Solicitors’ Higher Criminal Courts Advocacy Qualification. In 2008 he was appointed Assistant Deputy Coroner for West Lincolnshire and later became Deputy Coroner for Central Lincolnshire in April 2013.
You can find out more about the role of a coroner on the gov.uk website.
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Find out what happens when a death is reported to a coroner on GOV.uk.