Report a death to the coroner

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 acting senior coroner for Lincolnshire is Paul D Smith.

To get access to the referral system, email

We will then contact you to set up your account and provide user guidance.

Find out what happens when a death is reported to a coroner on