Do I have to disclose confidential information to the coroner/procurator fiscal?

Yes. A coroner, or procurator fiscal in Scotland, is obliged by law to investigate the circumstances surrounding a death and can request dental records and relevant information about the deceased.

If the records contain sensitive information that the deceased may not have wanted disclosed, or which might upset family members, you must alert the coroner or procurator fiscal beforehand. They can then decide how best to deal with the information at the inquiry.

See our separate guide for more information on disclosing records to third parties.

This page was correct at publication on 25/05/2022. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.