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Lincolnshire Coroners Service

Coroners are officers appointed by Lincolnshire County Council to investigate sudden or unexplained deaths. They’re a independent of local and central government and follow set rules and procedures.

Coroners investigate all deaths that have been reported to them if there is reason to believe that the death was violent or unnatural, where the cause of death is unknown, or where the deceased died whilst in police custody or state detention. Further details can be found on the report a death to the coroner page.

Her Majesty’s Coroners hold office under the Crown and are independent judicial officers. Coroners are lawyers and must work within The Coroners and Justice Act (2009). The Chief Coroner gives guidance on standards and practice.

On 1st August 2017 Lincolnshire Coroners Service became one Coronial area. Prior to this Lincolnshire was divided into South and Central Lincolnshire. The geographical area covered includes a population of well over a 700,000 people.

The Senior Coroner for Lincolnshire is Stuart Fisher. The Area Coroner for Lincolnshire is Paul Smith. The Assistant Coroner’s for Lincolnshire are Marianne Johnson, Murray Spittal, Paul Cooper and Richard Marshall.

Contact the Lincolnshire Coroners Service

Lincolnshire Coroner Area covers Lincoln, Gainsborough, Caistor, Louth, Horncastle, Skegness, Sleaford, Grantham, Stamford, Bourne, Long Sutton, Spalding and Boston. The Coroners Office is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, but closed on Bank Holidays.

HM Coroners Service
4 Lindum Road

Tel: 01522 552500
Secure email:

If you wish to contact a Coroner’s Officer:

Tel: 01522 555778


Out of office hours

If urgent and outside of our normal office hours, you can contact with the Coroner and Coroners Officers on-call by calling Lincolnshire Police on 101 or by attending your local police station.

Treasure finds

Coroners also work with Lincolnshire’s Finds Liaison Officer to help determine the outcome of any treasure finds in the county.

Treasure is classified as any man-made object other than coins that are more than 300 years old and have a content of more than 10 per cent gold or silver.

Coins that are two or more in number and have been found in the same location at the same time are also classified as treasure.

It is not treasure if the owner can be traced or the find is a single coin. Find out more by reading the Treasure Act 1996

How to report a treasure find

A person finding an object which they believe to be treasure is required to report this find to the Coroner within 14 days. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

The Coroner will request that you deposit your find with the Finds Liaison Officer for Lincolnshire, who will need to know the exact location of the find and, where possible, the national grid reference.

Finds Liaison Officer for Lincolnshire
Lancaster House
36 Orchard Street

Tel: 01522 552361

Once the investigation is complete, the Coroner will be informed whether or not the find is treasure.

If the find is treasure, the coroner will hold a treasure inquest to determine the facts of the find, and the nature of it. If the find is deemed to be treasure, the British Museum may seek to claim it on behalf of the Crown.

If the find is not treasure, the coroner will then decide if the find may be returned to you.


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Bereavement Guide

Lincolnshire County Council’s registration service has produced a guide to help you through the difficulty of losing a loved one.


Need an appointment?

For your convenience, you can book an appointment to register a Birth or Death online.


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Last updated: 11 December 2017

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