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Birmingham and Solihull Coroner Service

Address and contact information

Coroner's Court
50 Newton Street
Birmingham
B4 6NE

Tel: 0121 303 3228 or 0121 303 3920
Email: coroner@birmingham.gov.uk

Senior Coroner

  • Mrs Louise Hunt

Area Coroner

  • Miss Emma Brown

Assistant Coroners

  • James Bennett
  • Elisabeth Bussey-Jones
  • Ian Dreelan
  • Margaret Jones
  • Ana Samuel

Most inquests are held at the court on Newton Street but please check the correspondence you have received as this is not always the case.

Opening Hours

The offices are open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 4.00pm, except on Bank Holidays.

Out of England Service

A Coroner is available between 10.00am and 12.00 noon every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday throughout the year, excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day, to deal with requests to move the deceased out of England. The Coroner provides this service voluntarily and it is intended only for the issuing of 'Out of England' forms. If an 'Out of England' form needs to be signed on a Saturday please call 07980 672008 and on Sundays and Bank Holidays call 07850 142609.These numbers should only be used and will only be available between 10am and 12 midday on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Arrangements can then be made for the paperwork to be completed.

Further information on taking a body out of England can be found on the Information for Families page.

How to get to the Coroner's Court

The Coroner’s Court is a 10 minute walk from Birmingham Snow Hill Station and a 20 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station. Many local bus services stop in the streets nearby the Court.

Parking

There are no parking facilities at the Coroner's Court or on Newton Street. There are on street parking meters for 2 hours on Steelhouse Lane and Corporation Street and nearby NCP car parks are located on Whittal Street and Printing House Street.

Facilities at Court

  • The Court has a communal waiting area, vending machine for hot/cold refreshment drinks with access and toilet facilities for people with disabilities.
  • There are three conference rooms off the waiting area.
  • There are facilities for the hard of hearing available in the Court and Reception area.
  • The Court is a No Smoking area.
  • There are no children's rooms available.
  • Those having to attend the Court who have special requirements are requested to make contact with the Office in advance.

What does a coroner do?

The role of coroners is to determine the cause (the ‘how, when and where’) of any death where there is a suspicion that:

  1. the cause of death is unknown (this includes the situation where the deceased has not been seen by a Doctor during their final illness);
  2. the cause of death is unnatural; or
  3. the deceased was in state custody at the time of death.

A coroner must, by law, investigate all deaths occurring in the above circumstances and medical practitioners, the police and other agencies are required to report such deaths to the Coroner.

If medical practitioners cannot certify what the medical cause of death is it will be necessary for a post mortem to be undertaken.

Where a death is as a result of an unnatural cause or there is conflicting or complex evidence about the circumstances of a death and the Coroner cannot conclude that the death was natural, an inquest must be held. If the deceased was in any form of state detention at the time of their death an inquest will always be required.

The law, rules and regulations that govern the Coroner can be found at: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/related-offices-and-bodies/office-chief-coroner/legislationstatutoryinstruments/

Coroners' Charter

Serving the People of, and visitors to, Birmingham and Solihull

A copy of the 2012 Guide to Coroners and inquests and Charter for Coroner Services is available to download from the Ministry of Justice website