Isle of Wight Council

Coroners Office


Image of the Coroners Office Building

Service Update - COVID-19

The Coroners office is currently closed to the public.

To remain covid safe this service is being delivered remotely. Currently no officers are working from the Seaclose Offices.

Due to these unprecedented times the Coroners Office workstreams have increased. It will take longer for a Coroners Officer to respond to any telephone messages. 

Please email your enquiry to where the response may be quicker.



H.M Coroner Isle of Wight

  • H.M Senior Coroner - Mrs Caroline Sumeray LL.B. (Hons), Dip FMS, Barrister.


The Coroner is assisted by a Senior Coroners Officer and three Coroners Officers.

Overview of the Coroner service

The Coroner investigates where there is:

  • Violent or unnatural deaths.

  • The cause of death is unknown.

  • Any death which may have occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention.  


Please note: Coroners are not employed by the Local Authority. However the Local Authority does fund the Coroner's service and all of the office staff are employed by the Isle of Wight Council.

Please note: The Coroner's office is located at Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS. This office is not currently open to the public. Please email your enquiries to: