Who is the Coroner?

Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for the District of Manchester West is Professor Jennifer Leeming LL.B (Hons) Solicitor. 

This Area covers Bolton, Salford, Wigan and Leigh.

What is their role?

The coroner records and investigates all sudden, unexpected and violent deaths or deaths which might come into these categories. This may be as simple as consulting with the doctor who last treated the person who has died, or a post mortem examination may be needed. In some cases, the coroner may open an inquest, which is a judicial inquiry into the death.

Coroners are members of the judiciary and are not employed by us.

For further information please visit the Ministry of Justice website.

What is the function of an inquest?

The function of an inquest is to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death
  • A conclusion and then the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death.

It is not the function of an inquest to determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

The Coroners Officers

The coroner is assisted in her work by coroner's officers and support staff. They receive reports of deaths, make inquiries on behalf of the coroner and liaise with relatives.

The coroner is also helped by Police Coroner's Officers, who are specially trained to work with relatives, arrange formal identification of bodies and take statements.

You can contact the officers by calling 01204 338799 or emailing coroners@bolton.gov.uk

The office is open 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

Out of hours emergencies can be reported on 07747 764587 10am to 1pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays except Good Friday and Christmas Day.