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Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Exeter and Greater Devon Coroner Service had to postpone inquests due to take place between April and August 2020.

It is intended to resume inquests in the week commencing 27 July 2020. Adjustments have been made in light of the continued risk posed by the pandemic to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

Further information about attending court.

The Exeter and Greater Devon Coroner Service will be contacting all families and other interested persons with details of the new dates for inquest. Please wait to be contacted by the office. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated during this challenging period. Further information regarding any changes due to COVID-19 will be published on this website as required.


Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for the Exeter and Greater Devon District – Philip Spinney

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 & Cornwall Police. Inquests, which can be attended by interested persons and sometimes expert witnesses, are usually held at County Hall, Exeter.

The jurisdiction of the Exeter and Greater Devon Coroner covers the areas of east, north and west Devon (see map of jurisdiction below).

Assistant coroners: Alison Longhorn, Deborah Archer, Luisa Nicholson, Lydia Brown, Nick Brown.

Coroner area map shows the jurisdiction area of the Exeter and Greater Devon Coroner