Dorset Coroner's Service

Our Office is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm and on Fridays 9am to 3.30pm, save for statutory Bank Holidays, Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's day when the Office will be closed.

The Office can be contacted via telephone on 01202 454910 or via email at coroner.service@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

 

Following the gradual easing of government restrictions, new working arrangements for our staff have now been introduced.  Certain measures are now in place to ensure the safety and protection of staff entering the office environment which will involve teams working on a rotational basis in the office and remotely.

All enquiries can continue to be sent via email 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

Coroners inquest proceedings

Following the restrictions placed upon the public by the government in March 2020, the Senior Coroner for Dorset made the decision that all inquest hearings listed between 30 March 2020 to 1 September 2020 were to be adjourned but the evidence would remain under review to ascertain if the hearing could be completed by way of admitting evidence entirely under Rule 23 of the Coroner (Inquest) Rules 2013.

This was due to the high risk associated with attendance at court and to tie in with the formal lockdown procedures in place at the Bournemouth Town Hall where the Coroner Courts are operated. Following the gradual easing of government restrictions, the Senior Coroner for Dorset in conjunction with BCP Council have agreed that partial remote inquest hearings will be scheduled and listed.

This will allow for evidence and submissions to be heard by live video link when authorised by the Coroner. Interested persons such as family/friends and associated counsel, where appropriate, will be offered the option to attend proceedings remotely via live video link or in person.

A full risk assessment has been completed on the measures in place to ensure safe attendance at court.

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 08 March 2021

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 08 March 2021

 

           

Tuesday 09 March 2021

             
Wednesday 10 March 2021              
Thursday 11 March 2021              
Friday 12 March 2021              

Inquests to be held week commencing 08 March 2021 to Friday 19 March 2021


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

Date

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death

Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

Age

Coroner

Monday 08 March 2021 Derek Edmund Green 27.10.2018 Poole Poole 10.00am 55 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 09 March 2021 Derek Edmund Green 27.10.2018 Poole Poole 10.00am 55 Brendan Allen
 Wednesday 10 March 2021

Joy Elizabeth Legg

07.11.2020 Poole Bournemouth 09.45am 93 Rachael Griffin
 

Susan Jennifer Hamilton

05.07.2020 Poole Wareham 10.00am 63 Richard Middleton
 

Emiliano Raul Sala

07.02.2019 Portland France 11.00am (PIR) 28 Rachael Griffin
 

Maurice Alfred Hilliar

11.09.2019 Poole Poole 2.00pm 96 Richard Middleton
Thursday 11 March 2021  Darren Peter Vincent 24.03.2020 Poole Bournemouth 10.00am 47 Rachael Griffin
  Charlie Edward Hopkins 16.03.2020 Poole Poole 10.00am 66 Richard Middleton
  Michael Dennis Hall 08.04.2020 Gillingham Gillingham 2.00pm 68 Rachael Griffin
Friday 12 March 2021 Charles Edward Hopkins 16.03.2020 Poole Poole 10.00am 66 Richard Middleton
  William Alan Neal 25.03.2020 Bournemouth Ferndown 10.30am 79 Rachael Griffin
  Mark Smith 07.04.2020 Weymouth Weymouth 2.00pm 54 Rachael Griffin
               
Monday 15 March 2021 Daniel Francis Cunningham 14.01.2019 Poole Poole 10.00am 54 Rachael Griffin
Tuesday 16 March 2021 Daniel Francis Cunningham 14.01.2019 Poole Poole 10.00am 54 Rachael Griffin
  Kleo-Sly King 19.03.2020 Poole Bournemouth 10.00am 6 months Brendan Allen
  Craig Callaghan 16.05.2020 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2.00pm 2.00pm Brendan Allen
Wednesday 17 March 2021 Daniel Francis Cunningham 14.01.2019 Poole Poole 10.00am 54 Rachael Griffin
  Isabelle Anna Helga Wiehle 25.03.2020 Bournemouth Ferndown 10.30am 48 Brendan Allen
  Krzysztof Arkadiusz Kostrubiec 13.06.2020 Poole Poole 2.00pm 38 Brendan Allen
Thursday 18 March 2021 Daniel Francis Cunningham 14.01.2019 Poole Poole 10.00am 54 Rachael Griffin
  Elsie Irene Emma Beatrice Coates-Best 18.05.2020 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10.30am 89 Richard Middleton
  Martin John House 03.05.2020 Weymouth Weymouth 2.00pm 50 Richard Middleton
Friday 19 March 2021 George Ernest Haines 18.04.2020 Poole Didcot 10.00am 95 Richard Middleton
  Daniel Francis Cunningham 14.01.2019 Poole Poole 11.15am 54 Rachael Griffin
  Alexander Charles George Tostevin 18.03.2018 Poole Poole 2.30pm (PIR) 28 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.