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 01 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 01 March 2021

 

           

Tuesday 02 March 2021

Maureen Louise Crow  21.02.2021   Christchurch Ringwood  1.30pm  80  Brendan Allen 
  Mark John Russell 31.01.2021 Bournemouth New Milton 1.30pm 46 Brendan Allen
  George Alan Jeyes 13.02.2021 Poole Poole 1.30pm 90 Brendan Allen
  Ralston Foster 24.02.2021 Christchurch Bournemouth 1.30pm 75 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 03 March 2021 Richard Frederick Mawer  25.02.2021  Wimborne  Wimborne  1.30pm  50  Brendan Allen 
  Michael Peter Robinson 24.02.2021 Portland Portland 1.30pm 75 Brendan Allen
  Christopher Adam Patrick Kelly 05.02.2021 Southampton Bournemouth 1.30pm 38 Brendan Allen
Thursday 04 March 2021 Arthur Edmond Allridge  20.02.2021   Dorchester Portland  1.30pm  88  Rachael Griffin 
Friday 05 March 2021              

Inquests to be held week commencing 01 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 01 March 2021 Teresa Janet Wilson 28.03.2020 Poole Poole 10.00am 76 Brendan Allen
  Oscar Nelson Hugh Montgomery 17.06.2020 Portland Solihull 10.00am 17 Rachael Griffin
Tuesday 02 March 2021 Pollyana Eva Mehers 15.09.2019 Blandford Forum Blandford Forum 10.00am 29 Brendan Allen
 Wednesday 03 March 2021

Pollyana Eva Mehers

15.09.2019 Blandford Forum Blandford Forum 10.00am 29 Brendan Allen
Thursday 04 March 2021  Scott Michael Canavan 12.03.2020 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10.00am 47 Richard Middleton
  Gaia Kima Pope-Sutherland 18.11.2017 Swanage Swanage 11.00am (PIR) 19 Rachael Griffin
  Marcus Bennett 21.08.2020 Bournemouth Bournemouth 3.00pm 38 Rachael Griffin
  Joy Elizabeth Legg 07.11.2020 Poole Bournemouth 3.30pm 93 Rachael Griffin
Friday 05 March 2021  Anita Paula Wild 04.05.2020 Poole Poole 2.00pm 68 Rachael Griffin

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.