The coroner

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

The Senior Coroner has resumed Inquest hearings that require witnesses to attend subject to Government guidance on controlling infection risk and social distancing. All interested persons, witnesses and families will be contacted. 

Where possible, Inquest hearings will be via teleconference or video conference to maintain an open court.  Persons should attend remotely to avoid the need for physical attendance.

Any attendance is subject to a maximum number of persons permitted in court to ensure social distancing. Separate, detailed, instructions will be provided to all attendees prior to the hearing.

Any member of the public or press who wishes to attend any of these hearings, it is mandatory that you must email the Coroner’s Office in advance.

Coroners are independent judicial officers, meaning no-one else can tell them or direct them as to what to do but they must follow the laws and regulations which apply in England and Wales. They are usually lawyers.


Press enquires on inquests and openings should be made by submitting a Press Information Request. 

Press Information request


Every coroner must have a deputy so someone is always available to deal with any deaths reported to them. The senior coroner in Plymouth is Ian Arrow and his deputy is Andrew Cox.

A death is reported to the coroner if it's sudden or unexpected or if the doctor is unable to issue a certificate. The coroner is responsible for establishing the cause of death and deciding on whether to hold an investigation. In certain circumstances, the coroner may decide a post-mortem of the deceased body is needed.

For further information relating to the Coroner's Service please view the Guide to Coroner Services and Coroner investigations.

The Coroner's Office

Derriford Business Park, Plymouth PL6 5QZ Google map

Monday to Thursday: 7.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.15pm

Friday: 7.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 2.45pm

Email or to contact the coroner's office:

For enquires (Coroner's Officers) please email

Next of kin line - 01752 487402 - Answer phone available and messages can be left.

If you need to contact the coroner outside these hours call the Devon and Cornwall Police on 101.

The administration team can be contacted on 01752 204636 from 9am to 5pm.