The main duty of a coroner is to enquire into sudden or unexplained deaths usually by having post-mortem examination, followed by an inquest if the cause of death is not natural.

In addition to this, coroners investigate deaths in certain circumstances, for example, a death in custody, or a death in the workplace.

The coroner's work involves the:

  • holding of inquests
  • arranging for post-mortems
  • employing other services, such as funeral directors, as necessary.

The coroner and his officers - who deal with arranging post-mortems, inquests and linked investigation work - are based at:

Black Country Coroner's Court
Jack Judge House
Halesowen Street
West Midlands
B69 2AJ

Telephone: 0121 569 7200

Hospital and GP referrals within the Black Country

Hospitals and GPs must refer deaths using the coroner's web portal.

Any attachments, such as medical/history reports, need to be scanned and emailed to