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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. 

Our Office is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm and on Fridays 9am to 3.30pm, except for Bank Holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. 

Our phones lines will be closed from 2pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Our address is : Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth. BH2 6DY.


The Coroner's team

The Senior Coroner for Dorset is Mrs Rachael Griffin. The Area Coroner for Dorset is Mr Brendan Allen.  The Assistant Coroners are 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.

In Person Attendance and Remote access for members of the Press and Public 

The courts are open to members of the press and the public, except in exceptional circumstances.

If you wish to attend court in person, it would be helpful if you could notify our offices in advance.

Under the current legislation, participants to inquests including interested persons and witnesses are permitted, with the Coroner's approval, to attend remotely.

For anyone wishing to observe remotely, permission from the Coroner may also be granted.

All requests to attend hearings remotely will be placed before the Coroner for approval. In order to allow sufficient time to consider any request please complete the relevant document, with as much detail as possible and submit it no later than 10am on the working day prior to the hearing. The form is accessed by clicking the above link.

The document must then be submitted by email to: Coroner.service@bcpcouncil.gov.uk 

Inquests to be opened week commencing 26 September 2022

Location: Dorset Coroner's Court, Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

Date    

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

 Age

Coroner

Monday 26 September 2022  Tanya Emma Roberts 15.09.2022  Weymouth   Yeovil 1.30pm  33  Brendan Allen 
Tuesday 27 September 2022               
 Wednesday 28 September 2022              
Thursday 29 September 2022              
Friday 30 September 2022               

Inquests to be held week commencing Monday 26 September to Friday 07 October 2022

Location: Dorset Coroner's Court, Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY 

Date Deceased Date of Death Plce of Death Place of Residence Time of Hearing Age  Coroner
Monday 26 September 2022 Graham Charles John Reading 21.08.2021 Bournemouth Ryde 10.00am 62 Rachael Griffin
  Jack Cameron Bray 12.04.2022 Bridport Newton Abbot 10.00am 20 Brendan Allen
  Kenneth Wright 13.09.2022 Dorchester Weymouth 2.00pm 89 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 27 September 2022 Anita Kathleen Randall 04.04.2022 Dorchester Shaftesbury 10.00am 61 Brendan Allen
  David Clifford Turner 08.12.2021 Bournemouth Christchurch 2.00pm 79 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 28 September 2022 Kate Alana Johnson 10.03.2022 Poole Poole 10.00am 36 Brendan Allen
  Ivan William Martin 10.02.2022 Bournemouth Wimborne 10.30am 91 Richard Middleton
  Helen Christine Green 06.07.2021 Poole Poole 2.00pm 84 Brendan Allen
  Russel James Faulkner 17.05.2022 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2.30pm 51 Brendan Allen
Thursday 29 September 2022 Dean Nigel Clint Jeffery   20.01.2022 Weymouth  Weymouth   10.00am  40 Brendan Allen 
  Christopher Wilson 21.12.2021 Weymouth Weymouth 10.30am 47 Brendan Allen
  Julie Joanna Jayne Cox 28.10.2021 Poole Poole 11.00am 60 Brendan Allen
  Margaret Elizabeth Lauderdale 16.12.2021 Poole Broadstone 2.00pm 87 Brendan Allen
Friday 30 September 2022 Anita Faye Wyatt 12.12.2021 Dorchester Dorchester 2.00pm (PIR) 52 Richard Middleton
               
Monday 03 October 2022 Peter Eric McCammon 13.04.2022 Bournemouth New Milton 10.00am 87 Brendan Allen
  Irene Humes 07.04.2022 Poole Poole 2.00pm 79 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 04 October 2022 Derek Henry Mitchell 06.01.2022 Dorchester Weymouth 10.00am 81 Debbie Rookes
  David Alexander Ashley 16.03.2022 Italy Poole 11.00am (PIR) 49 Racheal Griffin
  Domenico De Lucia 23.10.2021 Bournemouth Clitheroe 2.00pm 36 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 05 October 2022 James Paterson 26.12.2021 Verwood Verwood 9.30am 97 Brendan Allen
  Claire Louise Wilson 17.02.2022 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10.00am 37 Brendan Allen
  Bryan John Speed 27.12.2021 Christchurch Street 10.00am 80 Richard Middleton
  Ann Marueen Vanstone 15.12.2021 Poole Swanage 2.00pm 91 Richard Middleton
Thursday 06 October 2022 Peter Michael Jacobs 30.03.2022 Bournemouth Westbury 10.00am 74 Brendan Allen
  Michelle Amy Gilhooley 14.10.2021 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10.00am 39 Richard Middleton
  Valerie Sarah Hodson 21.04.2022 New Milton New Milton 2.00pm 72 Brendan Allen
  Richard John Watts 16.10.2021 Dorchester Dorchester 2.00pm 70 Richard Middleton
Friday 07 October 2022 Timothy Finnigan 22.04.2022 Dorchester Dorchester 10.00am 68 Richard Middleton
  Bradleigh Trevor Barnes 28.12.2019 Portland Portland 11.30am (PIR) 23 Rachael Griffin
 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 cannot give legal advice. If you are researching past cases you have to apply to the Coroner in writing first before you can be given the information you are 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

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. 

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