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.

To see more information on the Coronavirus Act 2020, please click here.

To access local guidance for doctors re MCCDs and Cremation Form 4s during the pandemic, please 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.

View Inquests

Report a Death

If you are a doctor reporting a death please take account of the changes in the Coronavirus Act 2020 as summarised by the Chief Coroner

Office of HM Coroner
Sunderland Civic Centre
Burdon Road

Tel: 0191 561 7843