Coroner Services is responsible for the investigation of all reported deaths in New Brunswick in order to determine for each case the identity of the deceased and the facts as to how, when, where and by what means the deceased came to their death. All deaths that are unnatural, unexpected, unexplained or unattended must be reported to Coroner Services.
Coroner Services is responsible for determining whether such reported deaths are due to natural causes, accident, suicide or homicide, and in some cases may make recommendations to prevent future deaths in similar circumstances.
While Coroner Services is an independent agency, it falls under the Department of Justice and Public Safety for administrative purposes. Supervision of the service is the responsibility of the Chief Coroner who is assisted by a Deputy Chief Coroner.
The Office of the Chief Coroner reports on all statistical findings related to investigated deaths in its annual report once all investigations for the reporting year have been completed.