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

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 do not 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 9 December 2019

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




Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



Monday 9 December 2019

 Adam Benjamin Lee Marlborough  01.12.2019 Poole  Bridport   1.30pm  49  Brendan Allen 
Tuesday 10 December 2019  Daren Cornelius  24.11.2019 Southampton   Poole 1:30pm   54 Brendan Allen 

Wednesday 11 December 2019

 Mark Andrew Evans 25.11.2019   Bournemouth Bournemouth  1:30pm  65  Rachael Griffin 


Alan John Miller 15.11.2019 Bournemouth Verwood 1:30pm 81 Rachael Griffin
 Thursday 12 December 2019              
Friday 13 December 2019               
Inquests to be held week commencing 9 December 2019

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




Date of Death

Place of Death

Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



Monday 9 December 2019 Valerie Whiteman   28.9.2018 South Africa  Bournemouth   11.00am 73  Racheal Griffin 
  Geoffrey Waterson 16.4.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2.00pm 87 Brendan Allen
 Tuesday 10 December 2019  Linda Vincent  25.6.2019 Poole Blandford Forum 10.00am 95 Racheal Griffin
  Hilda Burrows 18.8.2019 Gillingham Gillingham 2.00pm 95 Racheal Griffin
Wednesday 11 December 2019

Gerald Turner

Unknown Unknown Swanage 10.00am 67 Brendan Allen

Mark Appleby

21.4.2019 Blandford Sturminster Newton 10.00am 22 Grant Davies

Marian Halaburda

22.4.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 12.00pm 55 Grant Davies

Bernard Maxwell

26.6.2019 Blandford Blandford 2.00pm 68 Grant Davies
Thursday 12 December 2019 Winifred Fowler 31.10.2019 Poole Poole 10.00am 88 Racheal Griffin
  Leigh-Anne Dixon 21.4.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10.00am 27 Brendan Allen
  Kathleen Gibson 18.4.2019 Bere Regis Shaftesbury 2.00pm 79 Brendan Allen
Friday 13 December 2019

Peter Humphrey

7.6.2019 Poole Poole 10.00am 28 Racheal Griffin

Angela Pittock

10.9.2018 Wimborne Wimborne 10.00am 71 Brendan Allen

Robert Harrison

22.5.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 11.30am 48 Racheal Griffin

Juanita Lofthouse

24.4.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 11.30am 58 Brendan Allen

David Grant-Jones

14.7.2018 Bere Regis Weymouth



49 Brendan Allen

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.