The Isle of Man is divided into six administrative districts, called sheadings. The six sheadings are Ayre, Glenfaba, Garff, Michael, Rushen and Middle. The term 'sheading' is thought to be a Norse word for 'ship division' and each district was believed to be responsible for producing a certain number of warships.

Each sheading has a coroner. This office must not be confused with the Coroner of Inquests, a role fulfilled by the High Bailiff or the Deputy High Bailiff.

There are currently 4 coroners:

  • sheadings of Ayre & Garff - Gareth Leece
  • sheadings of Glenfaba & Michael - Stuart Gardner
  • sheading of Middle - Kelly Sloane
  • sheading of Rushen - Mark Wrigley

The main functions of the coroners are:

  • summonsing of jurors;
  • service of process and other documents; and
  • enforcement of executions in respect of court judgments.

Coroners are assisted in their duties by Lockmen.

Contact details for the coroners

Coroner for Ayre & Garff

Mr. Gareth Leece
Town Hall
Parliament Square
Isle of Man

(Office hours: 10am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday)
Telephone:+44 (0) 1624 815899

Coroner for Glenfaba and Michael

Mr. Stuart Gardner
13 Douglas Street
Isle of Man

Telephone and Fax: +44 (0) 1624 845711

Coroner for Middle

Ms. Kelly Sloane
Coroners Office
Ground Floor
Removal House
39 Finch Road

Telephone: +44 (0) 1624 622280
Fax: +44 (0) 1624 612130

Coroner for Rushen

Mr. Mark Wrigley
10 Bridge Street
Isle of Man

(Office hours: 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday and afternoons by appointment)

Telephone: +44 (0) 1624 822871

Coroners' Information Leaflets

Please click on this link to view leaflets provided by the Island’s coroners to help you understand the coroner services.

All the information on the leaflets is published on behalf of the Coroners in good faith and for general information purpose only. The Isle of Man Courts of Justice (General Registry) does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of these leaflets.  For more information concerning the Disclaimer please click here.

Code of Conduct and Complaints, Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures for Coroners

Coroners hold public office, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor under the Customary Laws Act 1422 and are ultimately accountable to the Governor for their conduct and activities. Coroners have over the years undertaken their roles with diligence, mindful of the significance of this ancient position. Nevertheless the role of Coroner has changed significantly from its beginnings and continues to evolve and, in this twenty-first century context it is appropriate to introduce a written Code of Conduct to provide a framework that clearly sets out for Coroners and for those who use the services of the Coroners the standards that are reasonably to be expected when a Coroner carries out their duties.

To support the publication of the Code of Conduct, any investigation relating to a complaint, disciplinary or grievance matter will be carried out in accordance with published procedures.

Page last updated on 21 July 2023