The Coroner's Service
COVID-19 update 29 July 2020
We can confirm that the court is now certified as COVID-19 secure. This means that we have put in place all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of our staff and our visitors. This includes limits on the number of people in our rooms and the court room, hand sanitisers and screens in the courtroom. Our staff will be on hand to greet you and explain how the inquest will run.
Please bear with us. We are all having to work in a very different way to ensure the safety of all.
We are planning to resume small inquests from Monday 29 June. There will be some changes to how these will happen:
- all court users are required to wear face coverings in all public areas of the court with the exception of the Courtroom
- we will not be providing water in court so please do feel free to bring some bottled water with you
- if you are attending as a witness and wish to swear the oath (swearing on a holy book) then we ask that you bring your holy book with you; all other witnesses will be required to affirm the oath
- upon arrival you will be allocated a room in which to wait; the clerk will inform you on arrival; this is in order to maintain social distancing
- we have hand sanitiser dispensers around the court facility which we encourage you to use, especially as you move around the building
- there is regular cleaning within the building especially if we have more than one inquest per day
- we do ask that you leave the building directly after the inquest; there will not be an opportunity to go back to any of the ancillary rooms so they can be prepared for the next hearing
- please to comply with the signage in the building for your safety and the safety of others
The Coroner 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 Senior Coroner for Worcestershire is Mr David Reid
The Senior Coroner's jurisdiction covers the administrative county of Worcestershire.
The Assistant Coroner's are Mr Andrew Cox, Mr John Ellery and Mr Simon Charlton.
If you have a cause for concern regarding a death then you are entitled to raise these concerns with the Coroner.
In the event of a sudden death, the Coroner will be informed either by the Police, the ambulance service or the GP Initial enquiries are then undertaken by one of the Coroners Officers.
Contacting the Coroner's Court
Telephone: 01905 822330
Telephone: 01905 766066
Worcestershire Coroner’s Court, The Civic, Martins Way, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8UN.
The Office is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
The Court is open from 9.15am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday
Out of Hours
Contact the Coroner's 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 101 and ask them to contact a Coroner’s Officer