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 and Mr Stephen Nicholls. 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.

Finding out about inquest hearings

You can find all publicly available information here, please don't contact the coroners court office, staff or police press office as they cannot give you any further information.

Inquests to be opened on 25 May 2017 

Location : Tregonwell Room, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

Date 

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death 

Time of Hearing

 Age

Coroner

 Thursday 25 May 2017

 Emma Jane Wardell 23.02.2017  Christchurch 2:00pm 42  Rachael Griffin

 

Robert John Stanbrook 08.05.2017 Dorchester 2:00pm 52 Rachael Griffin

 

Ian Jess Heatherington 29.04.2017 Weymouth 2:00pm 47 Rachael Griffin

Inquests to be held week commencing 29 May 2017

Location : Tregonwell Room, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

Date

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death

Time of Hearing

Age

Coroner

 Monday 29 May 2017

         

 

 Tuesday 30 May 2017

         

 

Wednesday 31 May 2017 

 Audrey May King  01.12.2016  Dorchester 10:00am   78

 Rachael Griffin

 

Kenneth William Crooks 30.10.2016 Dorchester 2:30pm 87

Rachael Griffin 

Thursday 1 June 2017

Charlotte Elizabeth Thorrowgood 07.12.2016 Bournemouth 10:00am 44

Rachael Griffin

Friday 2 June 2017

Louis Oliver Harris 15.03.2016 Weymouth 10:00am 19 Rachael Griffin

Past Cases and Genealogy Research

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.

If you would like more detailed information and/or copies of documents you will 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 he is or has been involved with, but comments and suggestions on improving the coroner service are always welcome.

 

Contact Us

Telephone/Fax

Phone

01202 454910

Fax

01202 454977

Address

Coroner's Service

Town Hall
Bournemouth
BH2 6DY

Online

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