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 -  15 December 2017

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

 10:00 Court 1 - Mr K McCarthy (Assistant Coroner)

 Barbara FRANKLIN - Aged 84 years  Dedham  06/12/2016  Nayland

          

            Date of Hearing -  18 December 2017

            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               

 10:00 Court 1 - Dr P Dean (Senior Coroner)  PITKIN & PITKIN  Stowmarket  26/02/2017  Stowmarket
 10:45 Court 1 - Dr P Dean  Gypsy WELLS - Aged 43 years  Wetheringett  02/11/2016  Wetheringsett
 11:30 Court 1 - Dr P Dean  Carl SCOPES - Aged 30 years  Bury St Edmunds  10/08/2016  Bury St Edmunds

             

Date of Hearing -   18 December 2017

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

 10:00 Court 2 - Mr N Parsley (Area Coroner) Phyllis LAW - Aged 94 years  Bury St Edmunds  04/01/2017  Bury St Edmunds 
           Court 2 - Mr N Parsley Harry NORRIS - Aged 90 years  Thetford  11/02/2017 Bury St Edmunds

           

Date of Hearing -  19 December 2017  

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

 10:30 Court 2 Mr N Parsley (Area Coroner) Florence WESTCOTT - Aged 85 years  Newbourne  21.12.2016  Ipswich
 11:00 Court 2 Mr N Parsley Patrick NICE - Aged 84 years  Bungay  01.01.2017  Gorleston

  

Date of Hearing -   December 2017

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 -  December 2017

            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 -   18 December 2017
In the presence of Dr P Dean - Senior  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
 Cameron VASQUEZ Aged 21 years  Haverhill  01/10/2017   Cambridge 
       
       
       
Date of Hearing - 18 December 2017
In the presence of Mr Nigel Parsley, Area 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
 Sophie STUART-MILLS Aged 52 years  Shelley  22/11/2017  Shelley
 Michael TWEED Aged 37 years  Dudley  25/11/2017  Brandon
       
       
       

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: £65.95

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.