Coroners Office

Inquests

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 can be subject to change at short notice.

 

 December 2017

 

Date

Court

Time

Name

Age

Date of Death

Place of Death

Jury Coroner
19th    2 10.30  James Bernard Arthur NICHOLSON-NOCTOR   22 13/08/2017    Totland  N C S Sumeray 
 19th    2  15.00  Dennis COLLOPY   76  29/08/2017  Southampton   N C S Sumeray 
 20th  2   10.30 Peter James Shenton KILSHAW  30  21/06/2017  Newport   N C S Sumeray 
21st   2  10.30 Malcolm OSBORNE  58  20/08/2016  Sandown   N C S Sumeray 
 22nd  2 10.30  Lee Garfield DANIEL  42  08/09/2016  Southampton   N  C S Sumeray 

 

 

January 2018

 

Date

Court

Time

Name

Age

Date of Death

Place of Death

Jury Coroner
9th  2  10.30 Martin John RUTH  45 29/07/2017 East Cowes  N C S Sumeray