Change of Coroner contact details

From 1 October 2019, the Coroner's contact details have changed. The new contact details are:

Mr Jon Heath (Acting Senior Coroner for the York Area)
c/o North Yorkshire County Council, 21 Grammar School Lane, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1DF

Telephone: 01609 533843

Email: coronersadmin@northyorks.gov.uk

The main duty of a coroner is to enquire into sudden or unexplained deaths, usually in the form of a post-mortem examination.

The examination is followed by an inquest if the cause of death is not natural.

When a person dies in certain circumstances, this has to be investigated in a specific way, for example:

  • the death of a person in custody
  • a death caused by a person's work

See details of current and upcoming inquests on the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Coroner's responsibilities

A coroner's main responsibilities include:

  • holding inquests
  • arranging for post mortems to be carried out
  • employing any other services, such as funeral directors, as necessary

Coroners must have at least five years' experience as one of the following:

  • barrister
  • solicitor
  • legally qualified medical practitioner

Coroners' duties and responsibilities have to comply with the Coroners Act 1988.

Coroner's officers

Coroner's officers can be police officers or civilians.

They:

  • receive reports of deaths
  • make enquiries on the coroner's behalf

Access further information about coroner services and coroner investigations (GOV.UK).

Also see

York Area Coroner's Service

Mr Jon Heath (Acting Senior Coroner for the York Area)

c/o North Yorkshire County Council, 21 Grammar School Lane, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1DF

Telephone: 01609 533843