The Coroner is responsible for the investigation of violent or unnatural deaths, sudden deaths of unknown cause and deaths in custody that are reported to her.
A death may be reported for a number of reasons. It doesn't mean that there is anything suspicious about the death. It may be that the doctor is unsure of the exact cause, or that the person has died earlier than expected, suffered from an industrial disease, died during a surgical operation, or before recovery from an anaesthetic.
Although appointed and paid by local councils, the Coroner is not a local government officer but holds office under the Crown.
The Senior Coroner for Norfolk is Jacqueline Lake, an independent judicial officer presiding over a Court of Record within the English Judicial system.Norfolk also has a full-time Area Coroner, Yvonne Blake, and three Assistant Coroners, namely Johanna Thompson, Simon Milburn and Nigel Parsley.