The Work of the Coroner

16 May 2014 10:00 - 11:30

The care with which our dead are treated is a mark of how civilised a society we are. Much goes on for understandable reasons behind closed doors. For this reason there is a special responsibility placed on those entrusted with this work and the authorities who supervise it to ensure that the bodies of the dead are treated with the utmost care and respect. That is what bereaved and loved ones are entitled to expect and what society at large demands” (Charles Haddon-Cave, QC)

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This talk will cover:

1.     General standards that you can expect during a coroner’s investigation

2.     Overview of coroners and investigations

3.     Starting an investigation

4.     The post mortem examination

5.     Release of the body for a funeral and administration of the estate

6.     Organs and tissue

7.     The Inquest

8.     Investigations where the process may be different


The speakers are Derek Winter and Vicky Ross. 


Derek Winter was appointed Her Majesty’s Coroner for the City of Sunderland in 2003.  Educated at Hull University (LLB (Hons)), he qualified as a Solicitor in 1983 and became a Solicitor Advocate specialising in Family Law.  A  Council Member of the Coroner’s Society for England and Wales, he is also its Assistant Secretary and  Archivist of Reports to Prevent Future Deaths


Vicky Ross has worked for Northumbria Police in a number of roles after graduating from Northumbria University in 2004.  She became a Coroner’s Officer in January 2008 and has experiencing in dealing with a variety of deaths including deaths in the community, deaths in clinical and care settings, and deaths abroad – including deaths of military personnel.


Venue: Berrick Saul Lecture Room, University of York


Booking Needed:

Telephone: 01904 323041


Price: FREE

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