The Coroner’s Ordinance makes the Magistrate ex officio the Coroner for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Generally, this role is filled by the Chief Magistrate.

The Coroner’s role is to direct a qualified medical practitioner to a make a post mortem examination of a dead body of a person suspected to have died either a violent or an unnatural death (s 5 CO). After the medical practitioner’s report is submitted to the coroner, the Coroner may hold an inquest into the death of the deceased person either with or without a jury.