Reforming the Coroner: Death Investigation Manuals in Ontario 1863 - 1894

  title={Reforming the Coroner: Death Investigation Manuals in Ontario 1863 - 1894},
  author={Myles Leslie},
This article traces the evolution of coroners’ manuals as published in nineteenth-century Canada West and Ontario. Rather than study the individual men who investigated suspicious deaths and then held inquests, it examines the coroner as an imagined and ideal type. The first three editions of A Practical Treatise on the office and duties of Coroners, embody not just formal rules and practical advice on doing the job, but the hopes and aspirations of their acknowledged author, William Fuller… 

The coronial manual and the bureaucratic logic of the coroner's office

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  • History
    International Journal of Law in Context
  • 2016
Abstract This paper examines the coronial manual as a technique of occupying office in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The manual guided coroners in the performance of their duties,

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    Toronto: Hart and Rawlinson, 1878) is dedicated to the coroners of Ontario, whose kind reception of the first edition "rendered the publication of a second edition necessary

    • the Office and Duties of Coroners in Ontario

    The Canadian Constables' Assistant: Being the substance of a charge to the Grand Jury of the county of Simcoe, at the April sessions