Coroners Statistics for 2019

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22 May, 2020

Ridwaan Omar
Partner and Head of Regulatory

The MOJ have recently released the Coroners statistics for 2019 for England & Wales on the 14th May 2020*.

The statistics confirm:

  • The lowest level of deaths reported to coroners since 1998, at 210,912
  • Of those 1,939 were reports of deaths that had occurred outside England & Wales
  • 40% of all registered deaths were reported to coroners
  • Post mortem examinations were carried out on 39% of all deaths reported at 82,072. 5,044 post-mortems conducted using less-invasive techniques such as CT scans
  • 30,000 inquests were opened, up 3% compared to 2018
  • There were 527 inquests held with juries an increase of 104 compared to 2018
  • 31,300 inquest conclusions were recorded in total.

Forbes Comment:

Of note, the statistics only cover the calendar year January to December 2019. It will not include any reported deaths to the coroner that may have arisen due to COVID-19. Whether there is a marked increased in reported deaths due to COVID-19 will not be known until the statistics are published in May 2021. Recent guidance from the Chief Coroner is that COVID-19 deaths do not necessarily need to be reported to the coroner as they are natural. The increase in jury inquests reflects an increasing scope for Article 2 inquests.


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