Coroners Office


Image of the Coroners Office Building

Christmas Service Update 2018:

The coroner’s office will close at 4.30pm on Monday 24 December.

It will be open Thursday 27 December, Friday 28 December and Monday 31 December from 9.30am to 4.30pm (by appointment only).

The service will re-open as normal on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

H.M Coroner Isle of Wight

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

The following  Assistant Coroners act when the Coroner is not available and have the same duties and powers.

  • Assistant Coroner - Mr John Matthews DL. B.A. (Law).

The Coroner is assisted by 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.