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 -   

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 -  17th August 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

Court 2 Mr Nigel Parsley - Senior Coroner  Marie RAVEN Age 72  Bury St Edmunds  18.05.2018 Bury St Edmunds 
  Philip SEGGER Age 83  Ipswich  24.07.2018  Ipswich 
  Darren COOPER Age 47 Bury St Edmunds  29.04.2018  Bury St Edmunds 
                              Zena BENNETT Age 95 Sudbury  31.05.2018  Bury St Edmunds
                              Anthony AYLMER Age 71 Woodbridge  24.06.2018  Ipswich
                              John STRIBBLING Age 51  Felixstowe  07.12.2017  Bury St Edmunds 
  Roy LAFLIN Age 89 Bury St Edmunds 06.07.2018 Bury St Edmunds
  Joan ROGERS Age 91 Stowmarket 08.06.2018 Ipswich
  David CACKETT Age 86 Sudbury 16.01.2018 Bury St Edmunds
  Leslie BRINTON Age 86 Wissett 27.07.2018 Great Yarmouth

           

Date of Hearing - 20th August 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 11am.

Time, Court and Coroner

Name and Age of Deceased

Vicinity of Residence

Date of Death

Vicinity of Death

10.30am Court 1 Mr Nigel Parsley - Senior Coroner  Leonard MUNRO Age 89 Ipswich  23.08.2017  Ipswich 
1.45pm                    "  Gavin CHANDLER Age 24  Woodbridge 22.06.2017  Ipswich
         
10.00am Court 2 Mr Kevin McCarthy - Assistant Coroner  Robert CASSON Age 40 Ipswich  27.02.2018  Ipswich 
         
         
         
         

  

Date of Hearing -  21st August 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 Mr Nigel Parsley - Senior Coroner  Barry PITTS Age 76  Brandon  20.08.2017  Brandon 

 

Date of Hearing -  24th August 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 11am.

Time, Court and Coroner                      

Name and Age of deceased                         

Vicinity of Residence                  

Date of Death           

Vicinity of Death               
10.30am Court 2 Mr Nigel Parsley - Area Coroner  June KELLS Age 80 Ipswich 23.09.2016 Ipswich 
12.30pm             "                              Lawrence O'SULLIVAN Age 76 Stowmarket 21.12.2017  Ipswich
3.00pm               "                              Deborah WALKER Age 48 Ipswich  23.08.2017  Ipswich 
                                     
         
         
         
         
         
                                             
                                            
                                             

Date of Hearing -  29th August 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               
10.45 Court 1 Mr Nigel Parsley Senior Coroner    Lily TAMASI Age 3 days (Pre Inquest Review) Felixstowe 14.09.2017  Cambridge 
         

 

Date of Hearing -  20th August 2018
In the presence of Mr Kevin McCarthy Assistant Coroner  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
Patrick CROW Age 29  Mildenhall  03.05.2018 Mildenhall
Martin GOODERSON Age 63  Bury St Edmunds 19.07.2018  Bury St Edmunds 
Laurence BARTON Age 80  Ipswich  13.07.2018  Ipswich 
Ben CRACKNELL Age 23 Lowestoft 20.06.2018 Lowestoft
Katherine DARRELL Age 30 Harleston 31.07.2018  Harleston
Colin FISHER Age 68 Leiston 14.07.2018 Leiston
Eric COOK Age 71  Framlingham 06.08.2018  Ipswich 

 

Date of Hearing -  
In the presence of  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 -  
In the presence of   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
       
      Great Yarmouth 
 

 

   
       
       
       
       
       
       

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.