Ministry of Justice


April 15, 2014
BC Coroners Service Child Death Review Panel – A Review of Unexpected Infant Deaths 2008 - 2012
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April 14, 2014
Statement by the chief coroner (inquest into deaths at Lakeland Mills)
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March 25, 2014
Dates set for inquest into prison death
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March 25, 2014
Inquest announced into death of David Edwin Fast
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March 21, 2014
Inquest into death of Bradley Michael Thomas Haslam postponed
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Coroners Service

The Coroners Service of British Columbia is responsible for the investigation of all unnatural, sudden and unexpected, unexplained or unattended deaths. It makes recommendations to improve public safety and prevent death in similar circumstances.

The Coroner is responsible for ascertaining the facts surrounding a death and must determine:

  • The identity of the deceased.
  • How, when, where and by what means the deceased died.

The death is then classified as natural, accidental, suicide, homicide or undetermined.

The Coroners Service is a fact-finding, not a fault-finding agency that provides an independent service to the family, community, government agencies and other organizations. The Coroners Act and Regulation governs the coroner's scope of activity.

For more information about the BC Coroners Service and the duties and responsibilities of the Chief Coroner, see the About Us page.