The coroner's service

The role of a coroner is to get involved when someone has died through tragic or unexplained circumstances, establishing certain details surrounding their death. Find out more about their role, current and upcoming inquests and how to contact the service.

Contact the coroner's service

The easiest way to contact us is to email hmcoroner@cumbria.gov.uk.

You can also phone us on 0300 303 3180, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

HM Coroners Office 
Fairfield
Station Road 
Cockermouth 
Cumbria, CA13 9PT. 

Out of hours

Outside usual office hours, violent, unnatural and sudden, unexpected deaths should be reported through any police officer or hospital switchboard, which will have details of how to contact the on-call coroner's officer.  

Cumbria coroners

The following people are the appointed coroners for the Cumbria area.

Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for Cumbria

  • Ms Kally Cheema

Her Majesty's Area Coroner for Cumbria

  • Ms Kirsty Gomersal 

Her Majesty's Assistant Coroners for Cumbria

  • Dr Nicholas Shaw
  • Ms. Margaret Taylor
  • Mr Craig Smith
  • Mr Robert Cohen

The management and administration of the coroner's service

The coroner's service is hosted by Cumbria County Council, and responsibility for the service rests with:

Ms. Iolanda Puzio
Chief Legal Officer (and Monitoring Officer)
Cumbria County Council

For any general enquiries regarding the administration and/or management of the coroners service in Cumbria please contact:

Mr Andrew Smith
Manager and Profesional Lead
HM Coroners Services 
Cumbria County Council 
Cumbria House 
107-117 Botchergate 
Carlisle 
Cumbria, CA1 1RD.

Email: cumbriacoronersservice@cumbria.gov.uk

Inquest enquiries

Specific enquiries about inquests should be emailed to hmcoroner@cumbria.gov.uk.