Coronavirus update

We’re pleased to welcome pre-booked researchers and volunteers.   Please see details of our new arrangements on our Preparing to Visit page.

You will need to book your documents in advance.

Gloucestershire Family History Society will re-open in September for pre-booked visits.

If you're not able to make it in, have a look at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub for ideas and links to help you #ExploreYourArchiveAtHome.

Access to Gloucestershire resources on Ancestry for free

While Gloucestershire Libraries and Gloucestershire Family History Society’s research rooms are closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, customers have been unable to access digitised copies of Gloucestershire records free of charge. We’ve been working with Ancestry and can now provide free access to Gloucestershire’s digitised resources until they can welcome you back. Please use this link to access them.

Coroners Service

Gloucester Coroners Court
Corinium Avenue
Gloucester
GL4 3DG
United Kingdom
E-mail:coroner@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Telephone:01452 305661

Gloucestershire Coroner's Court is a brand new complex which brings together all of the services of the Coroner under one roof.

Court room for inquests

A purpose built court room for the Coroner to conduct inquests is the focal point of the complex. This room includes Coroner's bench, witness stand, jury area, advocate benches and seating for 30 members of the public and press.

This versatile space would be open for similar agencies on days when the Coroner is not sitting. For further information contact us.

Current and Completed Inquests

You can find information on Current and Completed Inquests on the "Inquest Search" page. If you need information other than that displayed, please apply in writing to the Coroner.

To obtain the publicly available information on a current inquest click on the details icon next to the name of the deceased.

Guide to the Coroner Service and Coroner Investigations

The Guide explains to bereaved people, and others who come into contact with a coroner service, what they can expect from the coroner's investigation.  It sets out the standards of service that they should receive and what they can do if they are not satisfied.  It aims to help to make standards of service more transparent for coroners and bereaved people, as well as assisting the Chief Coroner in discharging his responsibility for overseeing coroner services.

The Guide describes the coroner system in England and Wales under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, which went live last year.  It replaces and updates the 'Guide to coroners and inquests and Charter for coroner services' which applied to the coroner system under the previous coroner legislation (the Coroners Act 1988 and the Coroners Rules 1984).  The Short Guide is a new quick reference leaflet version of the Guide which we have produced following suggestions made by stakeholders in our spring 2013 coroner reform consultation.

The Guide is statutory guidance.  It is issued under Section 42 of the 2009 Act, which allows the Lord Chancellor to issue guidance on how the coroner system is expected to operate in relation to bereaved people, including the way in which they can participate in coroner investigations. 

For copies of this guide please see:- www.gov.uk

Scheduled Hearings

You will find the Hearings Schedule on the "Coroner's Timeslots" page.

All hearings will be held at the Gloucestershire Coroner's Court.

Mortuary

The role of the Coroner is to investigate sudden, unexplained, suspicious and unknown deaths. A state of the art mortuary and body store, capable of storing 62 bodies, enables the Coroner to authorise post mortem examinations on the same site in order to ascertain cause of death.

Viewing facilities

There are quiet and dignified areas for viewing and identifying loved ones with a garden area for contemplation.

In addition to the areas listed above there are a number of meeting rooms (capable of sitting 12), and staff accommodation. For further information contact us.

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