A new Area Coroner has been appointed for the Liverpool and Wirral Coroner Area.
Anita Bhardwaj has been an Assistant Coroner in Liverpool since 2007, and has spent the last 20 years working for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.
The 45 year old is currently the Cluster Manager for Civil, Family and Tribunal Courts in Cheshire and Merseyside, and prior to that held the role of Deputy Justices’ Clerk.
Anita said: “I feel hugely privileged to have been appointed as the Area Coroner for Liverpool and Wirral.
“For me, there is no more important role than that of supporting families to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one.
“I am very much looking forward to starting work.”
Anita will take up the post on 1 September, working alongside Senior Coroner, Andre Rebello OBE.
Mr Rebello added: “Anita brings with her a wealth of experience and will play a pivotal role in supporting me to develop future plans for the Coroner’s Service.”
The Coroner is an independent judicial officer who investigates violent or unnatural deaths, deaths of unknown cause or those occurring whilst a person is in state detention.
The Coroner’s court is a court of enquiry not adversary and tries to identify factors that can be altered to prevent future deaths.
The Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Office deals with approximately 4,500 reported deaths and 750 inquests every year.