Welcome to Sunderland Coroner's Office


This office remains open but everyone is working off site to minimise the possibility of infection.

A limited number of public hearings may still proceed. If you are a family member, interested person, witness, juror, media representative or a member of the public, please check the Inquest listings page, as arrangements may change at short notice.

Please bear with us in the circumstances. Thank you.

The easements introduced with the Coronavirus Act 2020 expire at midnight on 24th March 2022.  To access local guidance for practitioners re death certification and registration please‚Äč click here

The law states that certain types of deaths must be reported to the Coroner and some cases may result in an investigation with or without an Inquest.  HM Senior Coroner for the City of Sunderland deals with deaths when the body is within Sunderland including Washington and Houghton le Spring. 

This website contains information that will help you know what to expect if you come into contact with the Coroner’s Service if someone close to you has died or you are a witness in the fact finding process.

As well as a summary of the role of the Senior Coroner and an overview of the Inquest process you will find a list of upcoming Inquests and signposts to external agencies for further information or support.

If you require further advice or information then please contact the office.

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Report a Death

Office of HM Coroner for the City of Sunderland
City Hall
Plater Way

Tel: 0191 561 7843