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 Coroners: Dr Dan Sharpstone, Mr Tim Deeming, Mr Peter Taheri , Mrs Catherine Wood

You can use 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

Visiting Beacon House

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

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

Information for visitors

The Coroner's court is wheelchair accessible.

We operate an ‘Appointment only’ policy for visitors to the Coroner’s Office.

We regret we cannot accept visitors without a pre-arranged appointment.

Appointments can be made by calling 0345 6072040

The phone line is only available between 09:30am and 4:00pm.

This policy does not apply to Inquest hearings held in our public courts which are open to all.

Comments and compliments

Download the Coroner Service complaints and compliments policy (PDF, 187KB).

Privacy notice

Read the Suffolk Coroner's Service privacy notice.

Further information

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

Easy read resource 

What does a Coroner do and what is an inquest? (PDF, 614KB)

Bereavement support

A list of organisations offering support and advice for adults and children on coping with a death.

The Bereavement Register

Helps to reduce the amount of direct mail sent to the address of a person who has died.

Bereavement support services and how they can help you

Bereaved by Suicide Service

0808 16 89 111

Losing a loved one to suicide is an extremely traumatic experience. Bereaved by Suicide Service aims to ease the distress and improve the wellbeing of those in Suffolk

(with the exception of the Waveney area) and Colchester and Tendring who have been bereaved by suicide. They provide emotional support, practical help and signposting to other organisations.

The Coroners' Courts Support Service

A registered charity whose volunteers give emotional and practical support to families and other witnesses attending inquests.

Suffolk Coroner's Service works with the charity to ensure families feel supported through the inquest process.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.


Provides free and independent advice to bereaved people following a death in state care or detention in England and Wales.

The Lullaby Trust

Offers confidential bereavement support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child.

The Money Advice Service 

Free and impartial money advice, including information about paying for a funeral.