Deaths reported to the coroner

Inquests

An inquest is an enquiry by a coroner into the cause of death and its circumstances.

In Kent, coroners are responsible for carrying out these enquiries in partnership with Kent County Council.

Read more about the role of the coroner and what happens following a death (PDF, 171.4 KB)

GOV.UK have a guide to coroner services and coroner investigations for more information on the process.

If you have been asked to attend an inquest you can get support and guidance for bereaved people from the Coroners Court Support Service.

Kent inquest dates and contact details

Find out when inquests are being held in Kent and the coroner's contact details for that area.

Coroners' records

Coroners' records are held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. These records are available after 75 years. To access these records use the Kent Archives and Local History Service online catalogue. If you require further assistance email archives@kent.gov.uk.

If the records are from within the past 75 years then email KentandMedwayAdmin@kent.gov.uk.

Notice for press

Coroners courts remain operational during the pandemic and are open to both the public and the press.

Find out more about attending inquests during coronavirus (PDF, 113.8 KB).