Coroners Office


Overview of Inquests

A Coroner will undertake an inquest if the cause of death is unknown or if the person:

  • Possibly died a violent or unnatural death.
  • Died in custody or otherwise in state detention.

It is a coroner's duty at an inquest to establish who the deceased was and how, when and where the deceased came by his or her death. It is a fact finding process.  An inquest is not permitted to determine or appear to determine a criminal liability by a named person or civil liability.  It is about what happened, and how it happened, not who was responsible for what happened; this is the responsibility of the civil and criminal courts.

After an inquest the coroner will send the necessary details to the register of births and deaths for the death to be registered when it occurred in England and Wales.

Please note: That if the coroner has decided to investigate a death, registration of the death must wait for the coroner to finish his or her inquiries.  These inquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner's office before any funeral arrangements are made.

Latest Inquest Dates

We regularly update the list of latest inquest dates. However dates and times can be subject to change at short notice.


November 2019
 Date Court Time  Name  Age  Date of Death  Place of Death  Jury  Coroner 
 20th 2 11.30 Ronald DUFFIN 79  08/07/2019 Newport N C S Sumeray
 22nd 10.30   Ruth Theodora Anne SHEPARD  96 08/05/2018  Newport  N C S Sumeray 
December 2019                
3rd tbc 10.30  Edna May TURNER  94  11/07/2019 Newport N C S Sumeray
5th  tbc 10.30 David Alexander CONLAN   36 14/04/2018 Brighstone N C S Sumeray
16 -17th  tbc  10.30 Joanna Sarah Louise ORPIN 42 17/02/2018 Chichester  N C S Sumeray
18th  tbc  10.30 Margaret Ann RINEHART 76 26/02/2019  Ventnor  N C S Sumeray
 20th tbc 10.30 Mark Edward Cameron BRADLEY   49 05/05/2018  Ryde  N C S Sumeray