Deaths

Registering a death

If a person died in Hackney, then legally the death must be registered here regardless of where the deceased lived at the time of the death.

The death should be registered within 5 days of the date of death, unless the death has been reported to the coroner.

A telephone appointment needs to be made to register a death.

Deaths referred to the coroner

Some deaths have to be reported to the coroner before they can be registered or the funeral can go ahead.

Registering a stillbirth

A stillborn child is a child born after the 24th week of pregnancy who did not breathe or show any sign of life at any time after birth.

All stillbirths must be registered in the district in which the event took place, normally within 42 days.

An appointment needs to be made in order to register a stillbirth.

Burials taking place on the same day

We offer an emergency death service for deaths and stillbirths that have occurred in Hackney, which require a same day burial.

Burials not taking place on the same day or where the deceased is being taken outside of England or Wales

An appointment needs to be made to register a death within 5 days of the date of death unless the coroner is involved. The appointment will take place Monday to Friday between 9am and 4:30pm over the telephone.

If the family / informant wishes for the deceased to be repatriated abroad, consent will need to be given by the coroner.

Poplar Coroners Court is responsible for deaths that took place in Hackney and are managed by Camden Council.

Out of England or Wales requests are only granted by the coroner during working hours (Monday to Friday) and the death must have been registered before the deceased can be repatriated.

Hackney mortuary

Our mortuary stores bodies where deaths have been referred to the coroner or where a death certificate cannot be issued.

Copies of death certificates

You will be able to purchase death certificates after the registration has been completed and the registrar will advise you how to do so during your appointment.

Certificates cost £11 each and no certificates are issued free of charge.

Certificates for adopted people and for people born abroad to armed services or diplomatic families can be obtained from the General Register Office.

Telling government and financial institutions

When someone dies, there are lots of things that need to be done, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them.

Correcting an error on a death certificate

You can apply to correct a death registration when the information recorded is wrong – for example if there is a mistake in the spelling of the deceased’s name or their place of birth.

Funerals, bereavement support and protecting people’s

Page updated on: 14 January 2021

Registration Services

Address

Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY

Telephone

Opening times

  • Mon to Fri, 9am - 4.30pm
  • Emergency out of hours death service: Sat and Sun, 9am - 11am, bank holidays (excluding Christmas Day), 9am - 12 noon