New Senior Coroner for Somerset

Somerset County Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Marsh as the new Senior Coroner for Somerset.

Mrs Marsh has been in post as Acting Senior Coroner for Somerset since the retirement of Tony Williams in March 2022.

Coroners are judicial office holders who are independently appointed and are responsible for investigating deaths to find out how, when and where they occurred. Coroners will investigate a death if it was unnatural or suspicious, the cause of death is unknown or if the person died in any form of state detention, such as a prison or police custody.

Mrs Marsh has been a Coroner since 2016 having previously worked as Residential Property Solicitor.

The appointment was made following an open competition and after receiving the consent of the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor.

Mrs Marsh formally started in her new post from 1 December 2022.