Inquests

Find out about inquests into deaths, including lists of main inquest hearings and inquest openings and how to claim expenses if you've attended an inquest.

An inquest is a formal court hearing, open to members of the public and the media. 

If appropriate, witnesses will be called, and in some cases a jury will be appointed.

The coroner will hold an inquest if:

  • the post-mortem does not reveal the cause of death
  • the death was unnatural and the result of an accident
  • where the deceased was in a state of detention
  • the coroner believes there is a good reason to continue investigations

The Coroner, or in some cases the jury, will come to a conclusion and formally state who died, where, when and how it happened.

You do not need to attend a coroner's inquest, unless you are called to be a witness, but in some circumstances documentary evidence can be accepted instead of attendance in court.

If an inquest is held, the Coroner will register the death on your behalf. The registrar will write to you when this has been done, as you may wish to obtain a registrars death certificate.

Current inquests

All inquests commence at 10.00am, unless otherwise stated

Click the titles below to expand the sections and show current  inquest hearings, and inquest opening & adjournments:

Date of Hearing -   21st May 2018

At The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB - No JURY

Contact: 0345 6072040

The time of inquest is shown if a specific time has been given. The hearings start at 10am.

Time, Court and Coroner

Name and Age of Deceased

Vicinity of Residence

Date of Death

Vicinity of Death

 11.30am Court 1 Mr Nigel Parsley

Sharon GUDE Age 40 years   Bury St Edmunds  09.10.2017  Bury St Edmunds

 12.15pm Court 1 Mr Nigel Parsley

 Jacqueline HANBURY Age 77 years Sudbury  12.02.2018   Cambridge

          

            Date of Hearing -  21st May 2018

            At The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB - NO JURY

Contact: 0345 6072040

The time of Inquest is shown if a specific time has been given. The hearings start at 10am.

Time, Court and Coroner                      

 

Name and Age of deceased                         

Vicinity of Residence                  

Date of Death           

Vicinity of Death               

10.00am Court 2 Dr Dan Sharpstone     Vincent EADE Age 57 years  Ipswich  11.09.2017  Ipswich
 1.45pm Court 2 Dr Dan Sharpstone   Christopher BUTCHER Age 35 years   Woodbridge  16.10.2017 Woodbridge 
                                 David TOWILL Age 47 years  Eye  13.08.2017 Eye 
                                        

             

Date of Hearing - 23rd May 2018 

The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB - NO JURY

Contact: 0345 6072040

The time of inquest is shown if a specific time has been given. The hearings start at 10am.

Time, Court and Coroner

Name and Age of Deceased

Vicinity of Residence

Date of Death

Vicinity of Death

2pm Court 1 Dr Peter Dean (Pre- Inquest Review) Riyad ALI aged 1 day   Ipswich  16.07.2005  Ipswich
         

           

Date of Hearing - 24th  May 2018

At The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB - NO JURY

Contact: 0345 6072040

The time of inquest is shown if a specific time has been given. The hearings start at 10am.

Time, Court and Coroner

Name and Age of Deceased

Vicinity of Residence

Date of Death

Vicinity of Death

10.30am Court 1 Dr Peter Dean  Kevin Turnbull Age 52 years  Bury St Edmunds  14.09.2016  Bury St Edmunds

  

Date of Hearing -  

At The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB - NO JURY

Contact: 0345 6072040

The time of inquest is shown if a specific time has been given. The hearings start at 10am.

Time, Court and Coroner

Name and Age of Deceased

Vicinity of Residence

Date of Death

Vicinity of Death

         

 

Date of Hearing -  

            At The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB - NO JURY

Contact: 0345 6072040

The time of Inquest is shown if a specific time has been given. The hearings start at 10am.

Time, Court and Coroner                      

Name and Age of deceased                         

Vicinity of Residence                  

Date of Death           

Vicinity of Death               
         
         
         
         
         
                                             
                                            
                                             

Date of Hearing -  

At The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB - NO JURY

Contact: 0345 6072040

The time of inquest is shown if a specific time has been given. The hearings start at 10am.

 

Time, Court and Coroner                      

Name and Age of deceased                         

Vicinity of Residence                  

Date of Death           

Vicinity of Death               
         
         

 

Date of Hearing -   
In the presence of ,   for Suffolk at The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, White House Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB

Contact: 0345 6072040            

 

Name & Age Vicinity of Residence Date of Death Vicinity of Death
       

 

     
       
       
       
       
       
       
Date of Hearing - 21st May 2018
In the presence of  Dr Dan Sharpstone Assistant Coroner at The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, White House Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB

 Contact: 0345 6072040  

Name & Age Vicinity of Residence Date of Death Vicinity of Death
Simon BROADBENT Aged 42 years  Stowmarket   13.03.2018 Stowmarket 
 Gordon BLACKBURN Aged 54 years Ipswich   29.04.2018  Ipswich
 John APPLEBY Aged 87 years  Felixstowe  29.04.2018  Cambridge

Attending an inquest

You may be required to attend court as a witness or summoned to attend as a juror.

Claiming expenses for attending an inquest

The Ministry of Justice sets the amount of money which can be claimed for both jurors and witnesses attending inquests.

We regret that family members or people attending an inquest in a capacity other than a juror or formally summonsed witness aren't entitled to claim expenses.  

Please read the following guidance then complete the appropriate form below.

Travel expenses

A claim for travel expenses can be made if you travel to an inquest using public transport, or by your own private vehicle.

If using public transport, you can claim the amount of the actual fare paid (for train travel only the Standard Fare can be claimed).

If travelling using your own private vehicle (motorcycle or car), the current mileage rate is 45p per mile, for travel by pedal cycles the rate is 20p per mile. Reasonable car parking charges will be reimbursed.

If exceptional circumstances cause the use of alternative/additional means of transport, or an overnight stay, please discuss this in advance with the Coroner’s Office.

Subsistence claim

You’re entitled to an allowance to cover reimbursement for food or refreshments to the following maximum amounts:

  • Up to 5 hours: £2.40
  • 5 to 10 hours: £4.75

Catering is usually provided for jurors, so a payment for subsistence will not apply.

Loss of earnings/child care costs

You can make a claim if you have suffered financial loss as a result of attending an inquest.

The amount of reimbursement is subject to the maximum amounts set by the Ministry of Justice:

  • Up to 4 hours: £32.47
  • Over 4 hours: £64.95

For long inquests which last beyond 10 days the maximum amount of reimbursement increases to:

  • Up to 4 hours: £64.95
  • Over 4 hours: £129.91

You will need to provide one of the following:

  • a letter from your employer on company letterhead which confirms the amount of financial loss incurred
  • a receipt for childcare costs
  • appropriate evidence if you are self employed

You can’t make a claim if your employer continues to pay you whilst you’re attending an inquest.

Claim expenses as an ordinary witness or member of the jury

If you have attended an inquest hearing as an ordinary witness or juror you can claim payment for expenses by printing, completing and returning this claim expenses form (PDF, 53KB).

You must send us proof of each expense (e.g. a receipt).

Claims will not be paid without the relevant supporting documentation.

Claim expenses as a medical professional 

If you are a medical professional and wish to claim expenses for an inquest hearing you attended, please complete and return the medical professional expenses claim form (Word, 49KB).

Medical professionals do not need to provide evidence of expenses.