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Hertfordshire County Council

The Hertfordshire Coroner Service looks into someone’s death if they died within the Hertfordshire area, and:

  • The cause of the death is unknown
  • The cause of death is unnatural; or
  • The deceased was in a state of detention, e.g. police custody, at the time of their death.

In some cases, no further investigations are needed.

However, if a doctor can't say what the likely cause of death was or didn't treat the deceased during their last illness, then the Coroner will decide what investigations (such as a post mortem or Coroner's Inquest) are needed and let the next of kin know.


How to find and contact us

Our Coroner Service is based at:

Hertfordshire Coroner Service
The Old Courthouse
St Albans Road East
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL10 0ES

Map and directions

The Old Courthouse Hatfield is now CLOSED

We open again today at 8am

Opening hours
Monday: 8am - 4.30pm
Tuesday: 8am - 4.30pm
Wednesday: 8am - 4.30pm
Thursday: 8am - 4.30pm
Friday: 8am - 4pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Facilities

  • Disabled access
  • Toilet facilities
  • Hearing loop

Getting to The Old Courthouse

  • Postcode for your sat-nav: AL10 0ES
  • We have free visitor parking in the 2 car parks either side of the building.
  • Hatfield train station is about a 10 minute walk away.
  • The nearest bus stop is at Cecil Crescent, roughly a 2 minute walk away. The 300, 312, 405, 602 and 653 busses stop there.

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Treasure

Coroners have responsibility for enquiries into treasure finds.

Report any item believed to be treasure to the Coroner's Service within 14 days of finding it by getting in touch with us. The Coroner will consult with the British Museum and will establish if any items that are found can be regarded as treasure.

For coins to be described as treasure they must be at least 300 years old. Other metal objects must also be over 300 years old and contain a minimum of 10% silver or gold or be a pre-Roman base metal.

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