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.

June 2019


Date  Court Time Name Age  Date of Death  Place of Death  Jury Coroner
 12th Crown


Marion CHARLESWORTH 88 07/03/2019 Newport N C S Sumeray
 12th  Crown 10.45am Leslie CLARK  88 07/03/2019 Newport  N C S Sumeray 
12th Crown 11.00am David Albert William REED 80  18/09/2018 Newport   N C S Sumeray 
 12th Crown 11:30am Jacqueline CLARK 69   22/11/2018 Sandown N C S Sumeray
12th Crown 12:00 noon Kenneth Danny THOMAS 60 20/02/2019 Newport N C S Sumeray
12th Crown 12:30pm Stanley  CROWDER 93  04/03/2019 Newport N C S Sumeray


July 2019


Date  Court Time Name Age  Date of Death  Place of Death  Jury Coroner
 11th TBC   10.30am  Terence Brian John BALLARD  42  14/09/2018 Newport   N C S Sumeray