The Coroner service

Details of the Coroner service in Suffolk, including who the Coroner is and what they do, as well as information about post mortems and inquests.

Message from the Coroner service

Sadly, there has been a large volume of referrals made to the service since the New Year. Of course, we are aware that this means that a bereaved family is waiting to hear from us as to the next steps that they should take. 

We will try to progress enquiries as quickly as we can and ensure we contact next of kin as soon as is possible. We must be diligent with each and every case that is referred to the Coroner and sometimes this can take some time.

Funeral directors, please can we politely request that you email the service for any query that you have. Thank you.

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The Coroner for Suffolk

How to contact the Coroner Court or offices in Suffolk is and about the role of the Coroner Service.

Reporting deaths to the Coroner

Find out the circumstances upon which a death will be reported to the Coroner, and how this is done.

Advice for GPs about completing a death certificate

Guidance for doctors about completing a Medical Certificate Cause of Death (MCCD) and when to report to the Coroner.


Find out what a post-mortem is, when a post-mortem takes place and who to contact.

Inquest hearings

Dates of inquest hearings, inquest openings and adjournments and how to claim expenses for attending an inquest.

Request an audio recording of an inquest hearing

Find out the cost of ordering an audio recording of an inquest hearing held by the Suffolk Coroner Service and how to apply online.

Funeral director notification of appointment form

Complete this form to formally notify us that you have been appointed to carry out the funeral arrangements for someone who has recently died.