Dublin City Coroner’s Court

Dublin District Coroner’s Court – Dublin City Coroner’s Court

The Coroner is an official charged with the legal responsibility for investigating sudden, unexplained and unnatural deaths in his or her district. The Coroner is appointed by the local authority in whose area the Coroner’s district is situate.

A Coroner must be a barrister or a solicitor or a registered medical practitioner of at least five years standing. Although the Coroner system is subject to the general supervision of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, a Coroner is independent in his or her function.

The Coroner acts on behalf of the State in the public interest. Although the office has important medical functions, it is a legal office.

The public policy underlining a Coroner’s inquest into deaths was identified in November, 1999 by the Irish Supreme Court in the case of Dublin City Coroner v The Attorney General.

In its judgement the Supreme Court said that “few” would dispute the need to have a public inquiry by a person with appropriate legal or medical qualifications into the death of a person as a result of violence or in circumstances that render such an investigation appropriate.

Statutes

General

Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its peoples, their loyalty to high ideals and their regard for the laws of the land.

William Ewart Gladstone