How To Become A Coroner
For those who love forensic science themed shows, learning how to become a coroner may sound fascinating, challenging and a bit exciting. Does the reality match up to the tv version?
Coroner’s investigate all reported deaths to determine the cause. All versions of the incident are considered and all available information collected. They talk with other professionals such as the deceased’s doctor or the police to get a clear picture of the investigation. If the cause of the death is still unclear, the coroner may order a post-mortem examination to determine the exact cause of death. Unlike the tv shows, coroners are not doctors and don’t perform these themselves. If required, a coroner may need to hold an inquisition to further investigate the identity of the victim as well as how, when and where they met their demise. All of the results gathered are turned over to the appropriate authorities. Once all of the results are examined a coroner may make recommendations regarding public health or safety to stop similar incidents occurring. All of these processes must follow strict legal procedures and be recorded properly.
What does a Coroner do?
Coroner’s must be open minded as to how the deceased met their death. They must also have the ability to look at every tiny detail from the events, and create a bigger picture from them. Appropriate language, especially all the legal and medical terminologies, must be delivered in simple terms all can understand. As they are dealing with sensitive issues, coroners must take extra precautions when discussing the case in front of the family and friends of the deceased. Coroner must make sensible decisions, using the facts at hand and within the framework of the law. Being a coroner can be emotionally challenging and all candidates must be prepared to deal with tough cases.
Hours & Conditions:
Coroners work full time and are usually magistrates from the local court in the State they work. They only work through their court system and are not accessible to members of the public for consultation.
How to become a Coroner: Qualifications
Coroners are magistrates, which means they are qualified lawyers with years of experience in criminal court cases. Becoming a lawyer requires a law degree from university. Often completing a double degree is recommended for those interested in law to assist with specialising in an area of practice. To become a magistrate, you need to have practiced law for at least five years.
To look at courses that will help you find a role as a coroner, please visit https://www.careerhq.com.au/careers-database/job_details/432/coroner
The population growth would mean reportable death cases are on the rise. This would provide a continuous demand in coroners’ services, however coroners are appointed by the court system and opportunities are very limited. Now that you know how to become a Coroner, we hope it’s lived up to the hype and maintained your interest in seeking a career in this important area.