Coroner’s offices across England and Wales are gradually changing from hand signed to electronically signed documents. The change will streamline the paper process within the Coroner’s Service, and will be rolled out by individual Coroner’s offices as they become assured of the integrity of the electronic signature process. The appearance of the documents is affected, as they are no longer printed on the Coroner’s stationery with an original signature.
Within the UK, the acceptance of the Coroner’s documents for funeral or estate matters should not be affected.
For destinations abroad, if the receiving authorities need the Coroner’s Interim certificate of fact of death or the Out of England Order legalised by Apostille, the process can still be achieved. For countries which do not normally require legalisation of the Coroner’s documents, families are welcome to contact our team with questions about presenting electronically signed Coroner’s documents abroad.