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Coroner's Service

What a Coroner investigates

Where deaths:

  • 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 8.00am-4.00pm, Monday-Friday.

Chichester and Worthing Coroner's Officers
Crawley, Horsham and Haywards Heath Coroner's Officers
To contact the Senior Coroner or Assistant Coroners
Out of office hours
  •  Phone 101 and ask for the on call West Sussex Coroner’s Officer


Calendar for Inquests

Before viewing 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 day.
  • 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, please contact:

Email Email: flo@sussexpast.co.uk
Phone Phone: 01273 405731
Address Stephanie Smith
Finds Liaison Officer - Sussex
Barbican House Museum
169 High Street


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