Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for the Exeter and Greater Devon District – Dr Elizabeth Earland
Her Majesty’s Coroner holds office under the Crown and is an independent judicial officer.
The role of the Coroner is to investigate and record the causes and circumstances of all sudden deaths where the cause is not known, violent or unnatural and any death which occurred whilst the deceased was in lawful custody. Investigations are carried out for the Coroner by the Coroner’s Officers appointed by Devon and Cornwall Police. Inquests which can be attended by interested persons and sometimes expert witnesses are usually held at either County Hall, Exeter or Barnstaple Magistrates Court.
The jurisdiction of the Exeter & Greater Devon Coroner covers the areas of East, North and West Devon (see map of Jurisdiction below).
The Assistant Coroners for this jurisdiction are Mr John Tomalin, Mr Andrew Cox, Ms Lydia Brown and Miss Luisa Nicholson.