- A Coroner's Duties
- Barnet Coroner's Court Listings
- Contact Details
- Parking Arrangements at the Court
- Oxford Minimally Invasive Autopsy Service
The Ministry of Justice is responsible for matters relating to coroners.
A coroner is an independent judicial officer presiding over a Court of Record within the English Judicial system and discharges his duties in accordance with the Coroners Act 1988, the Coroners Rules 1984, and other relevant legislation.
Haringey is the lead authority for the London North Coroners’ Jurisdiction, which covers a population of 1.3 million people living in Barnet, Brent, Enfield, Haringey and Harrow. Although appointed and paid for by local councils, the Coroner is not a local government officer but holds office under the Crown.
- to investigate the circumstances of the deaths of all persons whose bodies are lying within his jurisdiction where he has reason to believe that the death was violent, unnatural or of unknown cause
- to decide whether a post mortem examination is necessary for the purpose of his investigation and, if so, to give directions to an appropriate medical practitioner
- to hold an inquest, with or without a jury, where he is satisfied that he is required to do so in accordance with section 8 of the 1988 Act
- to notify the Registrar of Deaths of the findings of the inquest, or, if no inquest is held, of the fact that the death reported to him does not need to be subject to an inquest
- to pay the relevant fees and allowances to witnesses and jurors, and to submit accounts to the relevant council
- to make annual returns to the Secretary of State in connection with the inquests held and deaths he has enquired into
- to appoint a deputy coroner, and, if required, an assistant deputy coroner
- to assist in arrangements for exhuming dead bodies. In such cases:
- a licence must be obtained from the Home Office - exhumation licences will also contain certain conditions that have to be observed
- an Environmental Health Officer must be present at the exhumation and supervises the event to ensure that respect for the deceased person is maintained and that public health is protected.
For more information:
- Visit the Coroners' page on the Ministry of Justice website (external link)
- Download the Guide to Coroners and Inquests and Charter for Coroner Services (PDF, 143KB)
Current Court Hearings - please note that the list is subject to change at short notice.
HM Coroner’s Court for North London, covering Haringey, Barnet, Brent, Harrow and Enfield.
- Barnet Coroner's Court
29 Wood Street
- Tel: 020 8447 7680
For general enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the Coroners Court lies within a Controlled Parking Zone that operates between 8am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. However, there are three Barnet Council car parks close by at Moxon Street, Fitzjohn Avenue and Stapylton Road - please see Barnet Council's car parks page (external link).
Additional parking is also available in The Spires Shopping Centre, the multi-storey car park can be accessed from Stapylton Road.
There is also limited on-street parking available. Please note however, that Barnet Council has now implemented a cashless parking system, so motorists must either make payment by phone, find a participating Paypoint, or pre-purchase a Parking Voucher. Further information is available on Barnet Council's Cashless parking and parking vouchers (external link).
The Coroners Court is aware that some people within the community would, if possible, like to avoid an invasive examination of a person who has died (where it is necessary to establish the cause of that person’s death).
Working closely with members of the community and the local authority, the Coroners Court is now able to offer a service where on payment of a fee (to cover the extra costs involved), a CT Scan will take place as part of the examination to establish the cause of death.
The CT Scan and, if necessary, the invasive examination will take place in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Although an invasive examination may still be required, it is expected that in up to 30% of cases a scan will be sufficient for the pathologist to identify a cause of death.
Please see the documents below for more information:
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