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One of the roles of the coroner is to confirm the identity of the person who has died.

This may involve a visual or medical and scientific process. In circumstances where a visual identification is required, you or someone close to you may be asked to identify your loved one.

To identify a loved one, you must be a family member or somebody who knew them well at the time of their death. Coronial Admissions and Enquiries (CA&E) staff will support the person making the identification through this process.

Medical and scientific methods of identification may include:

  • fingerprinting
  • examining dental records
  • the removal of blood, tissue or saliva for DNA comparisons.

The coroner will determine the most appropriate method of identification and CA&E staff will inform you of the identification process that will be required for your loved one.

Last updated on 26 Nov 2018