H M Coroners' Service in Hampshire

The Coroner is an independent judicial officer, appointed by the local authority

Coroner's offices

The Coroner has a duty to investigate deaths which are:

  • unnatural or violent
  • the cause of death is unknown
  • the person died in prison, police custody or other type of state detention

Following the report of a sudden or unexpected death, the Coroner must establish the cause of death. A post mortem examination may be carried out by a pathologist if the Coroner decides that this is necessary.

Post mortem

If a post mortem is necessary, it is usually performed within 3-4 working days after removal. One of the Coroner’s Officers will telephone you to explain the procedure and to advise a likely timescale in this particular case.

Death certificate

In some cases the deceased’s GP may be able to issue a medical cause of death certificate (MCCD), subject to approval from the Coroner. A Coroner's Officer will make contact with the GP in the first instance to make these enquiries.

Funeral arrangements

If you or another member of the immediate family would like to arrange a viewing prior to the funeral, it is recommended that you wait until after the examination and arrange a viewing at your chosen funeral director’s chapel of rest.

If the death is found to be due to natural causes, the Coroner can release the deceased to the chosen funeral directors, once the Coroner’s Office have been informed who has been instructed to take care of arrangements. It is recommended that you instruct funeral directors now, to avoid any delay in release later.


If the death is not due to natural causes, an inquest will be necessary, and in such cases the Coroner will provide further details of the procedures which follow.

Further information on Coroner’s Services

Inquest lists

Weekly inquests: 15 to 25 April 2019
Inquest openings: 12 to 18 April 2019

Book a death registration appointment

Hampshire Register Office

Southampton Register Office

Privacy notice

Your personal data held by the Coroner’s Office as part of Hampshire County Council will be treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations. Your data will only be used to communicate with you in relation to Coronial matters, and provide you with information regarding this. It will not be shared with third parties without your consent.

Your data will be retained as part of the case file for fifteen years for non inquest cases or indefinitely with inquest files.

For jurors, your data will be retained for a maximum of one year from the date of your jury service.

If you have submitted invoices or expenses for remittance, this data will be retained for a maximum of three years from the date of each individual invoice

The legal basis for our use of this information is processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject namely the duty to investigate certain deaths under section 1 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

You have some legal rights in respect of the personal information we collect from you. Please see our Data Protection page for further details.