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

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 22 April 2019

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




Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



 Monday 22 April 2019 

Tuesday 23 April 2019

 Edith Annya Roberts

 25.03.2019  Bournemouth Bournemouth   1:30pm  78  Brendan Allen
Wednesday 24 April 2019  John Bale 15.04.2019  Poole   Poole  1:30pm 80  Brendan Allen 
  Peggy May Primrose Grant 08.04.2019 Swanage Swanage 1:30pm 96 Brendan Allen
Thursday 25 April 2019   Hilary Lois Pleece  15.04.2019  Poole  Ferndown 1:30pm  86  Brendan Allen 
 Friday 26 April 2019              

Inquests to be held week commencing 22 April 2019

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



Date of Death

Place of Death

Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



Monday 22 April 2019              
Tuesday 23 April 2019

Victor Jukes 

 13.10.2017 Bournemouth  Ringwood   10:00am 88  Brendan Allen 

Daphne Berridge

09.08.2018 Dorchester Dorchester 11:30am 83 Brendan Allen

Wednesday 24 April 2019

 Olwen Morfudd Baker

21.10.2017 Weymouth Weymouth 10:00am 91 Brendan Allen

Muriel Gilbert

02.10.2018 Poole Christchurch 10:30am 90 Victoria Cook

Timothy Michael Haskins

23.09.2018 Dorchester Dorchester 11:30am 44 Victoria Cook
 Thursday 25 April 2019

Aaron Paul Dycer

11.08.2018 Sherborne Templecombe 10:00am 24 Richard Middleton
 Friday 26 April 2019 Dorothy Gilson Butterworth   01.08.2018  Poole  Blandford Forum  10:00am  97  Brendan Allen
  Niall George Duthie 07.08.2018 Bournemouth Bournemouth 11:30am 39 Brendan Allen
  Katrina Margaret Mary O'Hara 07.01.2016 Blandford Forum Blandford Forum 2:00pm - PIR 44 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.