Introduction

If you have a cause for concern regarding a death then you are entitled to raise these concerns with the Coroner. Please contact the Coroner's Officers at either of the District Offices to report those concerns. In current non-inquest cases:- If you know the name of the Coroner's Officer dealing with your case, please contact him/her at the appropriate District Office.


The Coroner's Service

Her Majesty’s Coroner holds office under the Crown and is an independent judicial officer.

The role of the Coroner is to investigate and record the causes and circumstances of all sudden deaths where the cause is not known, violent or unnatural deaths and any death which occurred whilst the deceased was in lawful custody.

The Coroner's Service for Worcestershire endeavours to provide a caring, efficient service making the processes involved as easily comprehensible and accessible as possible.

The Senior Coroner for Worcestershire is Mr Geraint Williams

If you have a cause for concern regarding a death then you are entitled to raise these concerns with the Coroner. Please contact the Coroner's Officers at either of the District Offices to report those concerns. In current non-inquest cases:- If you know the name of the Coroner's Officer dealing with your case, please contact him/her at the appropriate District Office.

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Current Inquest cases:- For information on current Inquests please view the Current Inquests and Scheduled Inquests pages. Please do not contact the Coroners Court Office, District Offices or Police Press Office, as all publicly available information is to be found on these pages.

Genealogy /past cases:- Files relating to past cases are held at the Worcester County Archive, at County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester. If you are researching past cases please apply to the Coroner in writing for release of the information. The Archivist will NOT release any information without written authorisation from the Coroner. You will need to explain your relationship to the deceased and why you are requesting the information.

The information given on these pages relates only to the Coroner’s Service for Worcestershire.

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The Coroner

The Senior Coroner's jurisdiction covers the administrative county of Worcestershire.

The Assistant Coroners act when the Senior Coroner is not available. In so doing she/he/they exercise the full powers of the Senior Coroner.

The Assistant Coroners are Mrs M Elcock, Miss K Thomas and Mr J P Ellery. They can be contacted via the Coroner's Court Office.

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How to contact the Coroner's Service

The Coroner's Court Office is situated at The Coroner’s Court,
Bewdley Road,
Stourport on Severn,
DY13 8XE.
The office is open
09.00a.m. - 4.00p.m. Monday to Friday

By Post: using the address above

By Telephone: in the first instance members of the public are requested to speak to the Coroner's Officers.
Court Office Telephone: 01299 824029

By E-mail: Click on this link to e-mail coroner@worcestershire.gov.uk

How To Find Us: Click here for map and directions

Out of Hours: Contact with the Coroner office can be made through your local police station, a police officer will contact the Coroner on your behalf. West Mercia Police have a central non-emergency contact centre - telephone 0300 333 3000 and ask them to contact the appropriate Coroner’s Officer. He/she will then contact you as soon as possible. If you know the Coroner's Officer in the matter ask for a message to be passed to that officer.

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Coroner's Officers

In the event of a sudden death, whatever the time of day, the Police will attend on behalf of the Coroner. Once the immediate requirements have been met the officer will pass on the details of the deceased and the circumstances to a full time Coroner’s Officer.

The fulltime Coroner's Officers are NOT police officers but are based at District Offices in:

Redditch Police Station (Grove Street) 01527 586186 /01527 586103
Peter Stockton
Chris Chetwyn
Maria Keeling

Mr David Bird 01905 331026
Mrs Angela Elmer 01905 338762
Mrs Anna Withers 01905 331081

Office hours are: 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday - Friday

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Obtaining information on Inquests

For information on current Inquests please view the Current Inquests and Scheduled Inquests pages. Please do not contact the Coroners Office, Officers or Police Press Office.

An E-mail Alert Service is now available for information concerning Inquests.
This provides an automatic e-mail alert whenever there is an update of the information on Inquest status. To obtain this service you will need to register by going to the Register for E-mails page on this site, and following the instructions.
Short notice changes will be listed on the relevant page and an automated e-mail will be sent if you have registered.

NO other information will be released prior to the Hearing of the Inquest.

Completed Inquests - Information on completed Inquests can be found on the Completed Inquests page. If you require further information please apply in writing to the Coroner.

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Feedback and Complaints

Complaints about a Coroner's decision or the outcome of an Inquest can only be dealt with through the High Court. The Coroner's Office will be able to explain the procedure on request, but cannot give legal advice.

All complaints about the administration of the Worcestershire Coroner Service, or the conduct of individual Coroners or their Officers should be raised in the first instance with the Senior Coroner by writing to him.

The Coroner will not normally enter into correspondence about the cases with which he is or has been involved, but comments and suggestions on improving the Coroner Service are always welcome.

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