Black Country Coroner Records for Walsall District
- Reference Number: 1416
- Accession Number: 1416
- Date: 2004-2007
- Level: Fonds
- Extent: 27 boxes
- Creator: Black Country Coroner
- History Note: The Office of Coroner was officially formed under Richard I around 1194. The Officer represented the king, hence his title, in matters dealing with the deaths and treasure trove.
The coroner's jurisdiction is now limited to finding the name of the deceased, and the cause of death. When the deceased died an unexpected, violent or unnatural death, the coroner will decide whether to hold a post-mortem and if necessary an inquest. If he or she decides to do so, the most common verdicts which he or she may return include: death by misadventure, accidental death, unlawful killing, lawful killing, suicide, natural causes, an open verdict or a narrative verdict. "Lawful killing" includes lawful self-defence, or where a doctor lawfully administers a painkiller from which the patient dies.
The coroner's verdict will sometimes be persuasive for the police and Crown Prosecution Service, but normally proceedings in the coroner's court are suspended until after the final outcome of any criminal case is known. The coroner's former power to name a suspect for trial upon inquisition has been abolished. More usually, a coroner's verdict will also frequently be relied upon in civil proceedings and insurance claims.
In August 2004, the existing Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall coroners' districts were amalgamated to form one coroner's district to be known as the Black Country District.
CORONER'S RECORDS ARE CLOSED FOR 75 YEARS UNDER PUBLIC RECORDS ACT, APPLICATIONS TO VIEW THESE RECORDS MUST BE MADE VIA THE CORONER'S OFFICE
- Description: Inquest Files: Files contain a medical report, a formal verdict (inquisition), witness statements and other supporting documentation depending on the circumstances. These files have been arranged into boxes by alphabetical order of the surname as there is no inquest number (an alphabetical list by surname, with verdict, is also available in the Research Room). There are odd missing files. The index gives; surname, first names and date of inquest. APPLICATIONS TO VIEW THESE RECORDS MUST BE MADE VIA THE CORONER'S OFFICE - CLOSED FOR 75 YEARS
- Copyright: Black Country Coroner
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- Access Status: Open
- Publication Notes: See Also ACC 205, 969 and 1189
- Contact: Walsall Archives / Local History Centre, Walsall Local History Centre
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