What a Coroner investigates
- are violent or unnatural
- the cause is unknown
- occur in custody or otherwise in state detention.
More information is available on
GOV.UK on what happens when a death is reported to the coroner,
post-mortems and inquests.
The West Sussex Coroner
The coroner is an independent judicial officer who works in
partnership with West Sussex County Council.
- The West Sussex Senior Coroner is Penelope Schofield.
Contact the Coroner's Service
In the first instance please speak to a Coroner Officer
handling a specific investigation or if you have a general enquiry,
contact them using the details below. Office hours are
Calendar for Inquests
this calendar, please note the following:
- Whilst Documentary Inquests are listed for a particular time
period, if there are no attendees, these may be moved to later in
- The information on
this calendar is updated daily, so please check this calendar
the day before any inquest you wish to attend.
- Please direct any queries to the Coroner’s Officers.
- For information regarding the In Amenas Inquest.
The Treasure Act 1996
All finds of treasure must be reported to the coroner within 14
days of being found or having been identified as treasure.
More information on what is defined as treasure and how it is
dealt with can be found on GOV.UK.
For more information about treasure finds,
||Phone: 01273 405731
Finds Liaison Officer - Sussex
Barbican House Museum
169 High Street