J B Hall Funeral Directors Wokingham

Who is Responsible for Registering the Death

If a Cause of Death Certificate has been obtained, duty to provide the information to the Registrar lies with the following people:

  • A relative of the deceased, present at the death
  • A relative of the deceased, in attendance during the last illness
  • A relative of the deceased, residing or being in the sub-district where the death occurred

If the above cannot be found, duty passes to one of the following:

  • The person present at the death
  • The caretaker or occupier*, if he or she knew of the death
  • The person causing the disposal of the body

If the death has been referred to the coroner, duty to provide information to the Registrar lies with the following people:

  • Any relative of the deceased having knowledge of any of the particulars required to be registered
  • Any person present at the death
  • Any person who found the body
  • Any person in charge of the body
  • The person causing the disposal of the body

“Occupier” in relation to a public institution includes the governor, keeper, master, matron, superintendent or other chief resident officer.