Chief Coroner

Chief Coroner's Office,
Room C09,
Royal Courts of Justice,

Email: [email protected]

The Chief Coroner, an office created by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, is the judicial head of the coroner system, providing national leadership for coroners in England and Wales. The current Chief Coroner is Her Honour Judge Alexia Durran.

The appointment of the Chief Coroner is made by the Lady Chief Justice in consultation with the Lord Chancellor.

Previous holders of the office are Sir Peter Thornton KC (2012 – 2016), HHJ Mark Lucraft KC (2016 – 2020), and HHJ Thomas Teague KC (2020-2024).

There is currently one Deputy Chief Coroner in post. The Deputy Chief Coroner is Derek Winter DL, Senior Coroner for Sunderland.