The coroner's main duty is to enquire into deaths occurring in certain circumstances in his jurisdiction, although not necessarily deaths from violent causes. There must be reasonable cause to suspect that the death was a violent or unnatural death; or a sudden death the cause of which is unknown.
In the majority of cases a post mortem examination shows the cause of death was from natural causes and there is no need for an inquest.
In a few cases an inquest is required. This is a court hearing in public held to establish the facts surrounding the death and the medical cause of the death.
For all information or enquiries concerning specific cases where deaths have been referred to HM Coroner or details regarding any inquests (current/ongoing or past), please contact the coroners officer direct in the appropriate area as detailed below, (or if unavailable, please contact the Administration & Support Team).
Mr David Roberts
Senior H M Coroner (Cumbria Coroners Area)
HM Coroners Office
Vacant – Police Coroners Officer (Kendal & South Lakes) - Tel: 101 (Ext. 49762)
Janice Burney - Police Coroners Officer (Barrow and surrounding area) - Tel: 101 (Ext. 41098)
Sue White – Police Coroners Officer (Carlisle / North Cumbria) - Tel: 101 (Ext. 49056)
Judith Pearson –Police Coroners Officer (West Cumbria) - Tel: 101 (Ext. 48699)
Coroners Administration and Support Office (Mon to Fri – 9am to 5pm) - Tel: 01900 706902
SERVICE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
For any general enquiries regarding the overal administration or management of the coroners service in Cumbria (not information regarding inquests, deaths reported to the coroner or individual cases as you need to contact the appropriate coroner) please contact:
Telephone: 01228 606060
The service is managed by the county council, and the Manager for the Service within Cumbria County Council is:
Assistant Director - Community Services
Cumbria County Council
The Lonsdale Building