Registration: Advice on Covid - 19

Face coverings guidance.  (Effective from 31st August 2020)

Anybody attending a registration office for an appointment must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so under Government guidelines.   

 

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.  Once the Medical Certificate has been scanned to Gloucestershire Registration Service this needs to be triaged by ourselves prior to an appointment being made by the family etc.  The family / next of kin  will be able to book a registration appointment after a 24 hour period has elapsed thus preventing any issues on the day of the registration.

Births

In line with Government advice, we are now permitted to undertake Birth Registrations. You can now book an appointment online to register the birth as we have removed the date restriction, although please be aware we are still dealing with a backlog of births.

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.

Please click here to make an appointment.

 

Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership

We are now able to take Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership appointments however we ask you not to book your Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership appointment more that 6 months before your ceremony date.

Those couples who live outside of Gloucestershire should contact their local Register Office to find out what arrangements they have put in place for notices which need to be given.

 

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.

Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies in Gloucestershire

From Monday 28th September the number of people permitted to attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony has been reduced to 15. This maximum number must include the couple, witnesses and guests.  This number no longer includes anyone working and therefore no longer includes our Registration Staff. The venue and the room must be suitably risk assessed as COVID secure and the number of people in the room must comply 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.

We are currently unable to take any new bookings for Ceremonies to take place during the remainder of 2020. This is due to the need to accommodate bookings that have been unable to go ahead due to the Government restrictions

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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