Catalogue description Home Office: Coroners (CRN Symbol Series) Files

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Details of HO 299
Reference: HO 299
Title: Home Office: Coroners (CRN Symbol Series) Files
Description:

Files from the Home Office CRN (Coroners) series. They relate mainly to legislation, general administration and complaints by members of the public, and illustrate the responsibilities of the General Department for Coroners, including the issuing of circulars, collection of statistics, and fixing of salaries.

Date: 1951-1995
Arrangement:

The papers in this series are arranged by departmental file number. The inclusion of a date before or after a file number (as in CRN (1961) 1/4/18) indicates the year in which the file is supposed to have been created, but often it only indicates the year in which the first subfile was raised on a particular subject.

Related material:

Coroners' records are preserved at local record offices under s4(1) of the Public Records Act 1958.

Minutes and papers of the Brodrick Committee on Death Certification and Coroners are in HO 375

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: CRN Symbol file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 173 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Home Office , from 1985

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Home Office's main functions are the collation of statistical returns, the issuing of circulars publicising the effects of new legislation or policy and the fixing of salaries in cases of disagreement.

Coroners are appointed by county councils (and until 1972 by county boroughs) but the Home Office receives notice of all new appointments and it works in conjunction with the Lord Chancellor's Department in disciplining coroners and in regulating procedures at inquests and post-mortems.

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