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 17 June 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 17 June 2019

             
Tuesday 18 June 2019

 

           
Wednesday 19 June 2019   George Hugh Little  08.06.2019  Dorchester  Weymouth  1:30pm  90  Brendan Allen
  Peter Humphrey 07.06.2019 Poole Poole 1:30pm 28 Brendan Allen
Thursday 20 June 2019              
 Friday 21 June 2019              


Inquests to be held week commencing 17 June 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 17 June 2019

 Terri Anne Laws  12.12.2017 Bournemouth   Bournemouth 10:00am   57  Brendan Allen
  Terence Kevin John Phillips 04.01.2019 Dorchester Weymouth 1:00pm 73 Rachael Griffin
 Tuesday 18 June 2019  Terri Anne Laws 12.12.2017   Bournemouth Bournemouth  10:00am  57   Brendan Allen

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Terri Anne Laws  12.12.2017   Bournemouth Bournemouth   10:00am 57   Brendan Allen
 

Alan David Deadman

05.02.2019 Weymouth Weymouth 2:00pm 80 Richard Middleton
 

Colin Martin Whitfield

19.12.2018 Dorchester Dorchester 2:30pm 81 Richard Middleton
 

Hazel Rosalind Buttle

10.12.2018 Bournemouth Ringwood 3:00pm 83 Richard Middleton
 

Matthew Wisdom

30.09.2018 Weymouth Weymouth 3:30pm 38 Richard Middleton
Thursday 20 June 2019

Terri Anne Laws

12.12.2017 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10:00am 57 Brendan Allen
 Friday 21 June 2019  Terri Anne Laws  12.12.2017 Bournemouth  Bournemouth   10:00am  57 Brendan Allen 


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.