Coroner


Current inquests

Media and other observers

Inquest hearings are held in public and members of the public, including the media, are welcome to attend Court in person to observe.

The Coroner has a power (but not a duty) to permit members of the public, including the media, to attend a hearing remotely by video or audio link.  Any application to observe a hearing remotely must be made by 10am on the day before the hearing, in writing to Coroner's Officers explaining why permission is sought and providing the name and address of each proposed observer. Applications will be considered in accordance with Chief Coroner's Guidance No. 42 (remote hearings).

It is a summary offence and a contempt of court to record or transmit or attempt to record or transmit any video, image or sound of any Court hearing. That includes transmitting or recording a hearing taking place via video link or taking or allowing anyone else to take any screenshot or video capture of the hearing using any device, including a phone.

Inquest openings

Inquests will be formally opened in the 15 minutes before the listed start time of the first full inquest.  

Inquests to be opened
Date of opening Name Age Date of death   Place of death Location of opening
06/10/2022 Ian Bishop 54 04/09/2022 Hastings Eastbourne Town Hall

Hastings Coroner’s Court

Muriel Matters House in Hastings:
Date Time Name Age Date of death Place of death Coroner’s officer
04/10/2022 10.00am Judith Smith (pre-inquest review) 69 10/09/2021 King's College Hospital Maria Fabien
04/10/2022 2.00pm Jack Phillips (pre-inquest review) 24 08/08/2019 Eastbourne Bob Greenall
11/10/2022 10.00am James Ellis 73 05/05/2022 Crowborough Sarah Cockram
11/10/2022 11.00am Roger Edgson 70 27/05/2022 Conquest Hospital Reggie Jones
11/10/2022 11.45am Aaron McLeod 33 25/06/2022 St Leonards on Sea Reggie Jones
11/10/2022 2.00pm Charlie Hatch 23 27/03/2022 Heathfield Karen Brown
11/10/2022 3.00pm Timothy Lamb 74 11/06/2022 Eastbourne District General Hospital Karen Brown
18/10/2022 10.15am Paul Mallion 61 12/07/2022 Etchingham Sarah Cockram
18/10/2022 11.15am Andrew Walsham 57 22/03/2022 Uckfield Sarah Cockram
18/10/2022 12.15pm Freda Squires 91 21/02/2022 Conquest Hospital Sarah Cockram
25/10/2022 11.00am Ronald Cutmore 88 23/05/2022 Conquest Hospital David Tye
25/10/2022 12.00pm Stephen Conway 63 31/03/2022 Hastings David Tye

Eastbourne Coroner’s Court

Town Hall in Eastbourne:
Date Time Name Age Date of death Place of death Coroner’s officer
06/10/2022 10.00am Fiona Mendel 59 23/05/2022 Eastbourne Sarah Cockram
06/10/2022 11.00am James Bendell 73 30/06/2022 Hastings Maria Fabien
13/10/2022 10.15am Michael Maynard 69 08/06/2022 St Wilfred's Hospice Reggie Jones
13/10/2022 11.00am Alexander Deans 34 16/01/2022 Eastbourne Karen Brown
13/10/2022 11.45am Clare Issitt 49 16/05/2022 Eastbourne Reggie Jones
13/10/2022 2.00pm Roger Dorfler 33 11/11/2021 Eastbourne Sophie Legros
20/10/2022 10.00am Lauren Thorbjornsen 30 08/02/2022 Hastings Maria Fabien
20/10/2022 11.00am Bryan Bainbridge 84 27/05/2021 Eastbourne District General Hospital Karen Brown
20/10/2022 2.00pm Martin Ball 45 25/10/2021 Eastbourne Sophie Legros
20/10/2022 3.15pm Chandler Bailey (pre-inquest review) 23 04/01/2021 HMP Lewes Bob Greenall
27/10/2022 10.45am Emilian Aboaice 23 22/06/2022 Eastbourne Sophie Legros
27/10/2022 11.45am Oliver Cleary 28 11/12/2021 Battle Sarah Cockram
27/10/2022 2.00pm Terence Hazelden 48 03/08/2021 Hailsham Sarah Cockram
East Sussex Coroner

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