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.

January 2019

Date  Court Time Name Age  Date of Death  Place of Death  Jury Coroner
23rd   11.00am

PIR -Terrence James COLLINS

65   30/06/2017 Newport  C S Sumeray 
 23rd  2 2.00pm  Raymond George FELLOWS  80   04/11/2018  Newport C S Sumeray 
 23rd  2  3.00pm Lawrence John BLAKE   76 25/05/2018   Newport  N C S Sumeray 


February 2019

Date  Court Time Name Age  Date of Death  Place of Death  Jury Coroner
 15th  2  11.30  Gillian Lesley DELLA GANA  68 04/07/2018   Ryde  C S Sumeray

 March 2019


Date  Court Time Name Age  Date of Death  Place of Death  Jury Coroner
 8th  Council Chambers 10.30am  Nathan John COOKE   36  16/02/2018 Newport   N C S Sumeray 
 8th Council Chambers   1.30pm Alfred Douglas GODDARD  54  19/08/2017  Newport   N C S Sumeray 
 19th  2 10.30am  Anthony Bonar TURNIDGE   88 06/11/2017  Newport   N C S Sumeray 
 19th  2  2.00pm  Jamie Robert Bruce PLOWMAN  20 07/04/2018  Newport   N C S Sumeray 
20th   2.00pm Anne Patricia GREEN  82  07/06/2018  Southampton   N C S Sumeray