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 6 April 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 6 April 2020

             
Tuesday 7 April 2020  Sam Nicholas Thomas Davis 29.11.2019  Bournemouth  Christchurch  1.30pm  30  Richard Middleton 
  John William Whitehead 16.03.2020 Southampton Poole 1.30pm 68 Richard Middleton
  Julie Jacobs 21.03.2020 Poole Swanage 1.30pm 62 Richard Middleton
  William Alfred Denton 22.03.2020 Weymouth Yateley 1.30pm 54 Richard Middleton
  Rosemary Roberts 27.03.2020 Gillingham Gillingham 1.30pm 97 Richard Middleton
Wednesday 8 April 2020              
Thursday 9 April 2020 Mary Katheleen Edith Richman  29.03.2020  Poole  Poole  1.30pm  82  Richard Middleton 
  Anthony Albert Ennals 27.03.2020 Christchurch Christchurch 1.30pm 78 Richard Middleton
  Gordon Albert Alder 22.02.2020 Poole Poole 1.30pm 78 Richard Middleton
  Julie Jacobs 21.03.2020 Poole Swanage 1.30pm 62 Richard Middleton
  Pauline Alice Lockerby 14.01.2020 Poole Poole 1.30pm 79 Richard Middleton
Friday 10 April 2020              
Inquests to be held week commencing 6 April 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 6 April 2020              
Tuesday 7 April 2020              
Wednesday 8 April 2020               
Thursday 9 April 2020 Jane Carol D'amico   28.04.2019 Poole  Poole  2.30pm  64  Richard Middleton 
 Friday 10 April 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.