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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.
Please contact 01452 425060 to book an appointment and ensure you confirm the most appropriate contact number. If you have a physical Medical Certificate of Cause of Death you will be asked to email an image of it, if you have not been given one it will have been emailed to us directly.

Births
We are currently unable to undertake any Birth Registrations in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 23rd March 2020.
Birth registration appointments will now be deferred until we are through the current pandemic period. 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.

Tewkesbury Registration Office
Our Tewkesbury Registration Office is currently closed until further notice

Copy Certificates
We are currently unable to offer any services relating to the production of Copy Certificates until further notice.

Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership
We are currently unable to offer appointments for Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnership.

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.

We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies

We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 23rd March 2020.
We will contact you as soon as possible as we are dealing with ceremonies booked in priority order. If you are trying to contact us about a ceremony, please email ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk.
We will not be able to amend ceremonies to a new date or take new bookings until we have been informed that the restriction on Civil Marriage and Partnership Ceremonies has been lifted. 
Please continue to review this page for further updates and confirmation for when we can resume new ceremony bookings and amendments.

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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