Last updated:
2 November 2017

Coroner's Service

Details of where to go, who to contact, what action needs to be taken for inquests, and how to report treasure finds.

1 When a coroner investigates


  • deaths are violent or unnatural
  • the cause of death is unknown
  • deaths occur in police custody or prison. 

More information on what happens when a death is reported to the coroner, post-mortems and inquests is available on GOV.UK.

2 The West Sussex Coroner

The West Sussex Coroner is an independent judicial officer who works in partnership with West Sussex County Council.

The West Sussex Senior Coroner is Penelope Schofield.

3 Contact the Coroner's Service

Firstly, speak to a coroner officer handling a specific investigation.

If you have a general enquiry contact the Coroner's Service using the details below.

Office hours are 8.00am-4.00pm, Monday-Friday.

4 Inquests calendar

Before viewing the Inquests Calendar, please note the following:

  • While 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 check it the day before any inquest you wish to attend.
  • Direct any queries to the coroner’s officers.

5 Coroners' Courts Support Service

Emotional and practical support to families and witnesses attending inquests can be found on the Coroners' Courts Support Service website.

6 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.

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