Dorset Coroner's Service

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Changes to service

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, however if your query is urgent please phone 01202 123900.

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. 

Contact - Dorset Coroner's Service

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.

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.

Remote Audio access for members of the Press and Public 

Due to Covid-19 current national and local restrictions, Her Majesty’s Dorset Coroner Court has modified the way in which the public can access Inquest hearings. Participants are still able to attend the Court in line with necessary risk assessments and procedures put in place to ensure safe attendance.

Participants may however be permitted remote access via Microsoft Teams upon consideration by the Coroner. This will be audio access only. 

All requests to attend hearings remotely for members of the press and public must be made at least 2 working days in advance of the hearing, by completing the relevant document accessed by clicking the above link.

The document must then be submitted by email to: 

Inquests to be opened week commencing 14 June 2021

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



Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



Monday 21 June 2021

 John Wadham  11.04.2021 Poole  Poole  1.30pm  84  Brendan Allen 

 Szymon Poitr Szostek

 23.03.2021 Poole  Bournemouth  1.30pm  35  Brendan Allen 

Thelma Joy Eavis

15.06.2021 Dorchester Weymouth 1.30pm 74 Brendan Allen

Andrew Parker

03.06.2021 Bristol Gillingham 1.30pm 40 Brendan Allen

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Wednesday 23 June 2021              
 Thursday 24 June 2021              
Friday 25 June 2021              

Inquests to be held week commencing 14 June 2021 to Friday 25 June 2021

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



Date of Death

Place of Death

Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



Monday 21 June 2021 Jane Margaret Beaumont 18.08.2020 Wimborne  Warminster 10.00am 56 Brendan Allen
  Daniel Seth Williams 18.08.2020 Wimborne Ringwood 10.00am 40 Brendan Allen
  Dariusz Kolucki 05.10.2020 Poole Poole 10.30am 62 Richard Middleton
Tuesday 22 June 2021 Hugh Dennis Williams 09.09.2020 Dorchester Blandford Forum 10.00am 82 Brendan Allen
  Brian Frederick Johnson 04.10.2020 Bournemouth Broadstone 10.15am 79 Richard Middleton
  Glenys Estelle Perry 01.10.2020 Poole Bournemouth 2.00pm 72 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 23 June 2021 Jeanette Lee 03.10.2020 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10.00am 52 Brendan Allen
Thursday 24 June 2021 Neil Gordon Blair 04.07.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2.00pm (PIR) 85 Rachael Griffin
Friday 25 June 2021 Alan Macdonald 08.04.2021 Poole Ferndown 11.00am 83 Rachael Griffin
  Geoffrey Paul Toop 12.03.2021 Blandford Forum  Blandford Forum 11.30am 58 Rachael Griffin
  Alexander Charles Tostevin 18.08.2018 Poole Poole 2.00pm (PIR) 28 Brendan Allen
Monday 28 June 2021 Christopher Graham Tett 15.12.2019 Bournemouth  Bridport 10.00am 68 Brendan Allen 
  Felicity Jane Clough 25.11.2019 Yeovil Sherborne 2.00pm (PIR) 55 Rachael Griffin
Tuesday 29 June 2021 Christopher Graham Tett 15.12.2019 Bournemouth  Bridport 10.00am 68 Brendan Allen 
Wednesday 30 June 2021 Peter McGuinness 03.08.2020 Swanage  Surrey 10.00am 54 Rachael Griffin
  Deborah Rosalind McGuinness 03.08.2020 Swanage  Surrey 10.00am 49 Rachael Griffin
  Adrian George Ferguson Porter 18.07.2020 Shaftesbury  Shaftesbury 10.00am 90 Richard Middleton
Thursday 1 July 2021 Carole Patricia Cole  15.05.2020 Weymouth Weymouth 10.00am 68 Rachael Griffin
  Peter Daniel Leslie Yeates 18.09.2020 Poole Poole 10.00am 78 Richard Middleton
Friday 2 July 2021 Carole Patricia Cole  15.05.2020 Weymouth Weymouth 10.00am 68 Rachael Griffin
  Steven Paul Brown  20.01.2021 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10.00am 44 Richard Middleton

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'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

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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