The main role of the coroner service is to scrutinise local deaths where, for various reasons, a doctor is unable to issue a medical certificate of cause of death, or because a person’s death was in some way unnatural or suspicious.
Coroners are independent judicial office holders, responsible only to the Crown.
Changes in service due to the COVID-19 pandemic
In line with government advice we are operating with restricted public access at the Derby and Chesterfield offices during the COVID-19 pandemic. The offices remain staffed and you can contact us by phone or email.
Please do not visit either of the offices at the present time unless your visit has been pre-arranged with a member of our staff.
We're currently able to hold attended hearings again for small numbers of attendees and we're also holding hearings by video and telephone.
The coroner service
The Derby and Derbyshire Coroner Service covers the whole of Derbyshire, including Derby.
Anyone who is concerned about the cause of a death can inform a coroner about it, but in many cases a death will be reported by a doctor or the police.
Once a death has been reported to the coroner, the registrar cannot go ahead with the registration until the coroner has decided whether any further investigation is necessary. However, in most cases the registration can proceed relatively quickly.
After an investigation, if the coroner continues to suspect that the death is in some way unnatural or the cause of death remains unknown, there must be a coroner's court hearing and this is called an inquest.
Coroner offices in Derbyshire
Both of our offices are wheelchair accessible, and the courts are equipped with hearing assistance devices. If you are visiting, please let us know if you have any particular needs, such as interpreting assistance.
Derby coroner's office and courts
St Katherine's House
St Mary's Wharf
Tel: 01629 535050
Chesterfield coroner's office and courts
The Coroners Court
Tel: 01629 533405