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 can be subject to change at short notice.




February 2018








Date of Death

Place of Death

Jury Coroner
 20th 11.30am  Paul Willoughby LETBE  70  13/05/2017  Shanklin   N C S Sumeray 
 20th  4 2.00pm  Karen Jayne BLOWER  48  09/06/2017   Newport  N C S Sumeray  
20th  4 4.30pm  Myrna MURRAY  73  18/11/2017  Newport   N C S Sumeray  
 21st  2 10.30am  Yvonne Empress HARRIGAN   92 23/07/2017  Newport  C S Sumeray 
 21st  2 12.00pm  Richard Alexander MARTIN  75   10/08/2017 Newport   N C S Sumeray 
 21st  2  2.00pm John David FERRARI  70  06/07/2017  Totland  C S Sumeray 
 22nd  10.30am Peter Albert PAGE   71  30/11/2017 Ryde   N C S Sumeray 
 22nd  2 12.00pm  Robert GAINEY   71  18/06/2017 Brading  C S Sumeray