The coroner

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

 

The Senior Coroner after much deliberation has made the difficult decision to adjourn all Inquest hearings that require witnesses to attend and Pre-Inquest Reviews, from 4pm on Friday 27 March 2020 until 1 September 2020.  All interested persons, witnesses and families will be contacted. 

The Senior Coroner will continue to review files and once complete, if a documentary/read only Inquest can be offered it will be.  The adjournment of Inquests will also allow us to concentrate on dealing with deaths resulting from normal mortality and the pandemic and any problems that occur due to illness amongst the staff that work here at the Court.


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.

We fund the coroner service for Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon.

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.

The Coroner's Office

Derriford Business Park, Plymouth PL6 5QZ Google map

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

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

Email hmcoroner@plymouth.gov.uk or to contact the coroner's office:

GP Reporting Line - 01752 487401/01752 487405

Hospital Doctors - Derriford and Torbay - 01752 487403 and 487404

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 between 9am to 5pm.