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Registration: Advice on Covid - 19

Death Appointments

Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation no face to face death registration appointments are being offered in our offices. All deaths will now be registered via a telephone appointment. When booking an appointment, please ensure you are in a position to take a phone call that is likely to last approximately 45 minutes.

To make an appointment, please click here.  Alternatively please contact 01452 425060 to book an appointment and ensure you confirm the most appropriate contact number. If you have not been advised that a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been emailed to Registration please do not book an appointment. We are unable to Register a Death without this.

Births

In line with Government advice we are now permitted to undertake Birth Registrations.  Due to the restrictions that have been in place since 23rd March 2020 we have a backlog of births to register, therefore we will be contacting parents in priority order to arrange a Registration appointment.  We will be working through this back log as quickly as possible.

A claim for child benefit or universal credit can be made prior to the birth being registered, where they have not been able to do so because of the measures currently in place.

If your baby isn’t registered with a GP but needs to see one, you can receive emergency treatment from any GP surgery. Most GP surgeries will be able to register your baby as a patient online or over the phone.

 

Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership

In line with Government advice we are now permitted to undertake Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership appointments.

Due to the restrictions that have been in place since 23rd March 2020 we will be contacting couples in priority order to arrange an appointment in order to ensure their Notices are in place prior to their ceremony date.

We will be working to arrange appointments as quickly as possible.

 

Re-registration of Birth following a Marriage or Civil Partnership
For the time being, we are unable to offer appointments to re-register a birth following marriage or civil partnership of natural parents or to add the father’s details if they were not included in the original registration.  Please see GOV.UK for more information about re-registration.

Correcting an error in a Registration
For the time being, we are unable to consider applications to correct an error in a register entry unless a correction is imperative.  Please see our website for further detail.

Ceremonies in Gloucestershire

The government announcement (23 June 2020) stated that marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can resume from Saturday 4 July 2020. The government has indicated that up to 30 people may be permitted in the ceremony room subject to:

The venue and the room being available for use and suitably risk assessed as COVID secure and the number of people in the room is compliant with social distancing rules.

Please click here for full details how a ceremony will look in Gloucestershire with the current government restrictions.

We will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

Please note due to the high number of couples who have had their ceremony postponed this year and need to reschedule, we are unable to offer new ceremony bookings until January 2021.

 

If you need to contact us about a ceremony, please email ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Gloucestershire Coroners Service

The Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court is a purpose built complex which brings together all of the services of the Coroner under one roof.

Forms

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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