Dorset Coroner's Service

In light of the Government announcement concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, our office staff are now working remotely. Please send any enquiries via email to coroner.service@bcpcouncil.gov.uk , however if your query is urgent please phone 01202 454910.

 

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 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 6th July 2020

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 06 July 2020

             

Tuesday 07 July 2020

             
Wednesday 08 July 2020              
Thursday 09 July 2020              
Friday 10 July 2020              
Inquests to be held week commencing 6th July 2020


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 06 July 2020              
Tuesday 07 July 2020 Roy Dennis Brandreth 12.05.2020 Christchurch Christchurch 2.00pm 63 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 08 July 2020              
Thursday 09 July 2020 Josef Batke  09.06.2020  Poole  Wimborne  11.00am   77 Rachael Griffin 
 Friday 10 July 2020              

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.