Dorset Coroner's Service

A coroner is an independent judicial officer, they are assisted by coroner’s officers and secretarial staff.

The coroner investigates and records the causes and circumstances of all deaths where the cause is unknown, or that was violent or unnatural, or occurred whilst the deceased was in lawful custody.

This information is only about our local coroner, you can find out more about the role of a coroner.

If you are concerned about a death you are entitled to raise these concerns with the Coroner. You can contact the Coroner's Officers at:

Coroner's Office for the County of Dorset
Town Hall
Bournemouth
BH2 6DY

Tel: 01202 454910
Fax 01202 454977

The Coroner's team

The Senior Coroner for Dorset is Mrs Rachael Griffin. The Assistant Coroners are Mr Brendan Allen, Mr Richard Middleton, Mr Stephen Nicholls, Mr Grant Davies, Mrs Victoria Cook and Mrs Deborah Rookes. You can contact them at the Coroner's Court Office.

The Senior Coroner for Dorset covers deaths that occur in the administrative county of Dorset or where the body of a deceased person is found in Dorset, even if they died elsewhere.

The Assistant Coroners act when the Senior Coroner is not available. They have the full powers of the Senior Coroner.

Find out about inquest hearings

You can find all publicly available information here. Please don't contact the Coroner's Court office, staff or police press office as they cannot give you any further information.

Inquests to be opened week commencing 19 August 2019

Location : Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

 

Date    

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

 Age

Coroner

Monday 19 August 2019

             
Tuesday 20 August 2019              
Wednesday 21 August 2019               
Thursday 22 August 2019              
 Friday 23 August 2019              

Inquests to be held week commencing 19 August 2019

Location : Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth,BH2 6DY

 

Date

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death

Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

Age

Coroner

Monday 19 August 2019 Anthony John Clacher 21.03.2018 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 11:00am - PIR 36 Rachael Griffin
Tuesday 20 August 2019 Treasure Inquest       2:00pm   Grant Davies

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Jennifer Trickett 07.01.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2:00pm 57 Victoria Cook
Thursday 22 August 2019

India Renuka Thaker

31.03.2019 Bournemouth Thatcham 10:00am 18 Rachael Griffin
 

Jean Whiteford

07.02.2019 Dorchester Lyme Regis 10:00am 92 Victoria Cook
 

Beryl Borowski

23.02.2019 Wareham Wareham 11:30am 64 Victoria Cook
 

Henry Clifford Millar

11.02.2019 Christchurch Bournemouth 2:00pm 77 Victoria Cook
 Friday 23 August  2019              

Past Cases

If you are researching past cases you have to apply to the Coroner in writing first before you can be given the information you're requesting.

Requests for more information 

For more detailed information and/or copies of documents, you need to explain your relationship to the deceased and why you want the information.

Feedback and complaints

Complaints about a Coroner's decision or the outcome of an Inquest can only be dealt with through proceedings in the High Court. The Coroner's office can explain the procedure, but can't give legal advice.

All complaints about the administration of the Dorset Coroner Service, or the conduct of individual coroners or their officers should first be raised by writing to the senior Coroner.

The Coroner cannot normally discuss cases which she is or has been involved with, but comments and suggestions on improving the Coroner Service are always welcome.