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Dorset Coroners service Inquests and Hearings

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 address is : Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth. BH2 6DY.

01202 123 900

coroner.service@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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 Grant Davies, Mrs Victoria Cook and Mrs Deborah Rookes. You can contact them at the Coroner's 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 a minimum of two working days 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 22 April 2024

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 22 April  2024              
Tuesday 23 April 2024              
Wednesday 24 April 2024              
Thursday 25 April 2024              
Friday 26 April 2024              

Inquests to be held week commencing 22 April 2024 to Friday 03 May 2024

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 22 April 2024 Linda Ann Coffer 06.02.2023 Portsmouth Shaftesbury 10.00am 82 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 23 April 2024 James Clark Haddow 17.08.2023 Bournemouth Bournemouth 9.00am 86 Brendan Allen
  Ingeborg kaethe Antonie Wilhelmine Carden 11.08.2023 Poole Poole 10.00am 97 Brendan Allen
  Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 12.00pm (PIR) 28 Rachael Griffin
Wednesday 24 April 2024 Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 10.00am 28 Rachael Griffin
  Richard Lewis Forrest 20.10.2023 Weymouth Weymouth 10.00am 71 Brendan Allen
Thursday 25 April 2024 Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 10.00am 28 Rachael Griffin
  Olive Hannah Milligan 01.09.2023 Dorchester Weymouth 10.00am 84 Brendan Allen
  Luke Humphrey Peter Turner 11.12.2023 West Lothian West Lothian 10.00am (PIR) 38 Richard Middleton
  Jane Elizabeth Ann Cramb 02.11.2023 Poole Christchurch 12.00pm (PIR) 56 Richard Middleton
  Roy Leadbetter 21.11.2023 Bournemouth Christchurch 2.00pm 92 Brendan Allen
Friday 26 April 2024 Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 10.00am 28 Rachael Griffin
  Keira Jo-Stacey Kemp 28.11.2023 Bournemouth Poole 10.00am 24 Richard Middleton
  Anthony Paul Humphreys 31.07.2023 Christchurch Christchurch 2.00pm 55 Richard Middleton
               
Monday 29 April 2024 Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 10.00am 28 Rachael Griffin
  Daniel Lee Matthews 31.08.2023 Weymouth Weymouth 10.00am 32 Brendan Allen
  David Thomas Jamieson 18.08.2023 Bournemouth Wimborne 2.00pm 49 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 30 April 2024 Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 10.00am 28 Rachael Griffin
  Steven Andrew Clarke 31.03.2023 Wareham Wareham 10.00am 54 Brendan Allen
  Davina Austin Belcher 08.09.2022 Yeovil Shaftesbury 10.00am 87 Richard Middleton
  Nicola McLaughlin 09.08.2023 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2.00pm 61 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 01 May 2024 Brigitte Beusmans 28.10.2023 Poole Wimborne 9.30am 65 Brendan Allen
  Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 10.00am 28 Rachael Griffin
  Jocelinn Amy Bowen 31.01.2023 Poole Poole 10.00am 41 Richard Middleton
Thursday 02 May 2024 Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 10.00am 28 Rachael Griffin
  Thomas Sweeney 26.02.2023 Poole Poole 10.00am 86 Brendan Allen
  Liam George Hughes 29.06.2023 Gillingham Gillingham 10.00am 29 Richard Middleton
  Teresa Joan Hallett 20.11.2023 Portland Portland 2.00pm 72 Richard Middleton
Friday 03 May 2024 Frazer Charlie Williams 07.03.2022 Shaftesbury Shaftesbury 10.00am 28 Rachael Griffin
  Thomas Leslie Fromage 02.09.2023 Poole Poole 2.00pm 72 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 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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