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.

April 2019

Date  Court Time Name Age  Date of Death  Place of Death  Jury Coroner
3rd  10.30am   Megan Nicole JONES 28  08/08/2018   Shanklin  N  C S Sumeray
 5th 2  10.30am  Arthur Robert JAMESON 85   07/06/2018 Newport   C S Sumeray
 9th  TBC 10.30am  Evan Trevor Hillary JAMES  84  25/06/2018   Portsmouth N C S Sumeray 
 9th TBC   12.00pm Daniel SADLER   36  10/07/2018 Ryde   N C S Sumeray 
 10th TBC  10.30am  Julie MITCHELL  56   08/03/2018  Northwood N C S Sumeray 
 15th  TBC  10.30am Nathan COOKE   36 16/02/2018  Newport   C S Sumeray
 15th TBC  2.00pm  Gary STANYON  38  05/06/2018  Ventnor  N  C S Sumeray


May 2019

Date  Court Time Name Age  Date of Death  Place of Death  Jury Coroner
21st  TBC   10.30am  Llewellyn Thomas Davidson  75  05/10/2018 Newport   N C S Sumeray