Bournemouth 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 11 February 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 11 February 2019 

Emiliano Raul Sala  07.02.2019   Portland France   1:30pm 28   Brendan Allen
Tuesday 12 February 2019  

 

           
Wednesday 13 February 2019              
Thursday 14 February 2019  Steven Michael Gresham  08.01.2019   Poole Poole   1:30pm 55   Richard Middleton
  Michael John Stainer 04.02.2019 Poole Bournemouth 1:30pm 84 Richard Middleton
  Jean Whiteford 07.02.2019 Dorchester Lyme Regis 1:30pm 92 Richard Middleton
  John Oliver Edwards 30.01.2019 Poole Wimborne 1:30pm 72 Richard Middleton
  Johanna Elisabeth Ursula Margarete Gray 05.02.2019 Southampton Dorchester 1:30pm 84 Richard Middleton
 Friday 15 February 2019  Oliver Mitchell 13.10.2018   Bournemouth Bournemouth  1.30pm  46   Richard Middleton
  Brian Cyril Duddley 12.12.2018 Bournemouth Lymington 1.30pm 87 Richard Middleton


Inquests to be held week commencing 18 February 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 18 February 2019

 Muriel Way

23.06.2018  Sherbourne   Sherbourne   10.00am  91   Brendan Allen
 

Frank Ruthen

27.07.2018 Ferndown Ferndown 11.30am 87 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 19 February 2019

Beatrice Jone Edwards

08.07.2018 Sherbourne Sherbourne 10.00am 91 Brendan Allen 
  Philliip Drinkhill 14.07.2018 Bournemouth Weymouth 12.00pm 67 Brendan Allen

 Wednesday  20 February

Hilary Susan George

12.07.2018 Blandford Forum Blandford Forum  10.00am 64 Brendan Allen
 

Christopher James Andrews

11.07.2018 Poole Poole 12.00pm 34 Brendan Allen 
Thursday 21 February 2019 

Connor Reece Meldrum

09.07.2018 New Milton New Milton 10.00am 20 Brendan Allen 
  Dennis Frank Monelle 24.06.2018 Greece Weymouth 11.30am  71 Brendan Allen 
 Friday 22 February 2019 Anthony John Clacher 21.03.2018 Shaftsbury Shaftsbury 11.30am 36 Bendan 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.