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Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Exeter and Greater Devon Coroner Service has had to make adjustments to the process of conducting inquests.

All inquests listed after 31 March 2020 will be postponed until further notice, apart from a limited number of documentary inquests. We will be writing to all families and other interested persons to inform them of future arrangements and all details related to forthcoming inquests will be published on this website.

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