The Coroner for Suffolk

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

Mr Nigel Parsley is HM Senior Coroner for Suffolk. 

He is assisted in his duties by:

  • Area Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Assistant Coroner: Dr Dan Sharpstone

Browse the tabs below to find out more about the role of the Coroner in Suffolk.

What is a Coroner?

Coroners are:

  • judicial office holders
  • independent and appointed directly by the Crown
  • responsible for investigating deaths in Suffolk to find out how, when and where they occurred
  • qualified with substantial experience as a lawyer or doctor (or sometimes both)

Assistant Coroners are part-time appointments, which the post holders combine with other professional duties.

What does a Coroner do?

The Coroner will investigate a death if:

  • it was violent, unnatural or suspicious
  • the cause of death is unknown
  • the person died in prison, police custody or any type of state detention

Investigating a death may be as simple as consulting with the doctor who last treated the person who has died, or a post-mortem examination may be needed.

In some cases, an inquest may be opened, which is a judicial inquiry into the death.

A case takes place in the Coroner Court. The Coroner Court rooms are at Beacon House, Ipswich.

Main court room


Small court room


What is a Coroner's Officer?

The Coroner has a team of officers. They liaise on his behalf with bereaved relatives, police, doctors, mortuary staff, hospital bereavement staff and funeral directors.

Coroner's Officers are the people you will speak to when you get in touch with the office.

If an inquest is opened into your relative's death, one particular officer will take responsibility for the case. They will then be your ongoing point of contact.

Contact the Coroner Court and offices

The Coroners Court and offices
Beacon House
Whitehouse Road

Telephone: 0345 607 2040

  • Open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4pm
  • Closed weekends and bank holidays

For information about reporting a death, please refer to reporting deaths to the Coroner.

For general enquiries, please email the Coroner's administration team:

Comments and compliments

Download the Coroner Service complaints and compliments policy (PDF, 28KB).

Privacy notice

Read the Suffolk Coroner's Service privacy notice.

Further information

GOV.UK has a short guide to coroner services and coroner investigations.