The Cornwall Coroner

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Virtual inquests

Some Inquests are currently listed as 'telephone conference' or Microsoft Teams. If you wish to attend any of these hearings you must email Inquests@cornwall.gov.uk in advance. You can view full details of virtual Inquests and information on attending virtual inquests below:

The Acting Senior Coroner has also produced a Strategy for recovery during Coronavirus Pandemic.

The role of the Coroner

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 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 Acting Senior Coroner is Mr Andrew Cox
  • The Assistant Coroner’s are Mr Guy Davies and Mr Stephen Covell.

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.

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The Cornwall Coroner

Professionals

Information for doctors and medical professionals on current legislation and latest guidance.

Families

You may find these pages helpful if the death of a loved one is being investigate by the Coroner.

Inquests

Find details of upcoming inquests, pre-inquest hearings and opening of inquests

Support Service

Trained volunteers offering emotional support and practical help to anyone attending an Inquest

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