Her Majesty’s Coroner for the Area of Avon holds office under the Crown and is an independent judicial officer. The Coroner for Avon is Maria Voisin. Her role and function is to investigate deaths in particular situations. Not all deaths are reported to the Coroner or investigated by her.

The Coroner investigates deaths which are violent or unnatural, where the cause of death is unknown, or where the death occurred in custody or state detention.

Avon has in the region of 4,800 deaths reported to the Coroners office each year. Of those approximately 50% require a post mortem and approximately 17% result in an inquest. Inquests are held to establish who the deceased was, how when and where they came by their death.

To contact the Coroners office call 01275 461 920 and choose between the options.

Option 1 – Coroners Officers

Coroners officers, employed by the Avon & Somerset Police to deal with initial reports of death. Any GP, Doctor or Police reporting a death will need to contact this number. Fax 01275 461820. Open from 7:00am – 3:30pm. You can also use the Contact form for feedback or enquiries.

On call Coroners officer available from 4:00pm – 7:00am (Monday – Thursday). Friday 4:00pm all weekend until 7:00am Monday morning – Call out via Avon & Somerset police control room (101) and ask for the on-call Coroners Officer.

Option 2 – Coroners administration

The Coroners Admin team, employed by the Bristol City Council to deal with ongoing inquests and distribution of forms to register offices & funeral directors. Any enquiry about the date/time of an inquest or any questions about being a witness, juror or interested party attending court.

Fax – 01275 462749. Open from 7:00am – 4:00pm


Tel. 01275 461927 – For any general enquiries. Fax. 01275 461928

If you need to arrange a viewing or an identification please contact the Coroners Officer in charge of the case on option 1 in the above section.

Office opening hours from 7:30am – 12:00 (lunch 12-1pm) 1:00pm – 2:30pm