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Title : THE CORONERS ACT, 1871

Year : 1871

Every Coroner shall be entitled to such salary for the performance of the duty of his office as is prescribed in that behalf by the State Government.

All disbursements duly made by a Coroner for fees to medical witnesses, hire of rooms for the jury, and the like, shall be repaid to him by the State Government.

Every Coroner may from time to time, with the previous sanction of the State Government, appoint, by writing under his hand, a proper person to act for him as his deputy in the holding of inquests {The words "and such deputy shall take and subscribe, before one of the Judges of the High Court, an oath that he will faithfully discharge the duties of office" were Act 18 of 1873}. All inquests taken and other acts done by any such deputy, under or by virtue of any such appointment, shall be deemed to be the acts of the Coroner appointing him:

Revocation of appointment.-

Provided that no such deputy shall act for any such Coroner except during the illness of the said Coroner, or during his absence for any lawful and reasonable cause.

Exemption from serving on juries.-

Every such appointment may at any time be cancelled and revoked by the Coroner by whom it was made.

No Coroner or Deputy Coroner shall be liable to serve as a Juror.

Coroners and Deputy Coroners shall be privileged from arrest while engaged in the discharge of their official duty.

Any Coroner or Deputy Coroner failing to comply with the provisions of this Act, or otherwise misconducting himself in the execution of his office, shall be liable to such fine as the Chief Justice of the High Court, upon summary examination and proof of the failure or misconduct, thinks fit to impose.

No proceeding for anything done under this Act, or for any failure to comply with its provisions, shall be commenced or prosecuted {The words "after the expiration of three months from such fact or failure nor" were Act 9 of 1871} after tender of sufficient amends.

Schedule I


[Enactments repealed.] Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1873 (12 of 1873).

Schedule II



AN INQUISITION taken at on the day of 187 before E F, Coroner of {Subs. for "on view of the body of A B then and there lying dead" by Act 4 of 1908, s.12.} [in the case of A B deceased] upon the oath of G H, I J, K L, and M N, then and there duly sworn and charged to inquire when, how and by what means the said A B came to his death.

We, the said jurors, find unanimously [or by a majority of ] that the death of the said A B was caused, on or about the day of187, by [here state the cause of death as in the following examples]:-

1. [Cases of homicide]-

a blow on the head with a stick inflicted on him by C D, under such circumstances that the act of C D was justifiable [or accidental] homicide.

-a stab on the heart with a knife inflicted on him by C D under such circumstances that the act of C D was culpable homicide not amounting to murder [or culpable homicide amounting to murder, or a rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide].

2. [Cases of accident]-

Falling out of a boat into the river Hughli, whereby he was drowned.

-a kick from a horse which fractured his skull and ruptured blood- vessels in his head.

3. [Cases of suicide]-

shooting himself through the head with a pistol.

-arsenic, which he voluntarily administered to himself.

4. [Cases of sudden death by means unknown]-
disease of the heart.



And so say the jurors upon their oath aforesaid.
Witness our hands. E F, Coroner of G H, I J, K L, M N, O P (jurors).
Last updated on August, 2016

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