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
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 21 October 2019

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 21 October 2019

 Peter Thomas Knight  06.10.2019 Dorchester  Dorchester  1:30pm  80   Brendan Allen
  Patricia Sheila May Woodley 09.10.2019 Dorchester Weymouth 1:30pm 66 Brendan Allen
  Jane Susan Whitham 28.09.2019 Badbury Rings Blandford Forum 1:30pm 77 Brendan Allen
  Ernest Leonard French 26.09.2019 Poole Fordingbridge 1:30pm 93 Brendan Allen
  Albert Charles Norwood 24.07.2019 Christchurch Christchurch 1:30pm 83 Brendan Allen
  Audrey Doreen Reynolds 15.10.2019 Gillingham Gillingham 1:30pm 98 Brendan Allen
  Terence Graham Lane 15.10.2019 Christchurch Christchurch 1:30pm 80 Brendan Allen

Tuesday 22 October 2019

             
Wednesday 23 October 2019 Michael George Riddle  12.10.2019  Poole  Bodmin 1:30pm   75  Rachael Griffin
Thursday 24 October 2019              

Friday 25 October 2019

             

Inquests to be held week commencing 21 October 2019

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 21 October 2019 Edna May Taylor 29.06.2019 Bournemouth Wimborne 10:00am 97 Rachael Griffin
  Margaret Mary Dawn Claridge 02.03.2019  Bournemouth Bournemouth 10:00am 79 Brendan Allen
  Jean Buchanan Cram 06.03.2019 Poole Poole 11:30am 93 Brendan Allen
 Tuesday 22 October 2019  Susan Eileen Jones 13.01.2019 Sherborne Sherborne 10:00am 42 Brendan Allen
  Douglas Paul Oak 11.04.2017 Poole Poole 10:00am 35 Rachael Griffin
  Douglas Keogan 06.03.2019 Poole Bere Regis 2:00pm 91 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 23 October 2019              

 Thursday 24 October 2019

Alan James Hermon 30.12.2018 Bridport Bridport 10:00am 66 Brendan Allen
  Michael Eteson Burton 13.02.2019 Kosovo Kosovo 10:00am 61 Richard Middleton
  Dominik Sebastian Szalagiewicz 09.03.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 11:30am 41 Brendan Allen
  Sharon Dawn Hatchard 24.02.2019 Poole Poole 2:00pm 61 Brendan Allen
Friday 25 October 2019 Andrew Mark Jacobs 19.01.2019 Dorchester Dorchester 10:00am 50 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.