Coroners have been with us in one form or another since the 12th Century.
Over the centuries Coroners have exercised many powers on behalf of the Crown, mainly relating to taxation and declarations of “treasure trove”. But even since those earliest times the Coroner has had the responsibility of establishing the cause of any unexplained death, wherever there may have been a “breach of the King’s peace”. However, It is not the Coroner’s role to establish who was at ‘fault’ but simply to establish what happened and to give his verdict accordingly.
Over time the role has evolved, and it continues to evolve, but the system in place today is broadly the same as that established by The Coroners Act of 1887.