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The Cornwall Coroner

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Please note: Some Inquests are currently listed as 'telephone conference' or 'HM Coroner's Chambers'. If you wish to attend any of these hearings it is mandatory that you email in advance. This may mean that the hearing will need to be adjourned in some situations. Full details can be found in the Coroner's Notice adjourning hearings document.

The role of the Coroner is to investigate and record the causes and circumstances of all sudden deaths. This is where the cause of death is unknown, the death is violent or unnatural and any death which occurred whilst the deceased was in lawful custody.

  • The Senior Coroner is Dr Elizabeth Emma Carlyon
  • The Acting Senior Coroner is Mr Andrew Cox
  • The Assistant Coroner’s are Mr Guy Davies, Mr Stephen Covell, Mr Barrie Van den Berg and Mr Geraint Williams.

If you have concerns about a death then you have the right 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 Coroner’s Officers.