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Coroner's office

HM Coroner is an independent judicial officer holding office under the Crown. Every coroner is local to a jurisdiction, funded by the local council, but independent of council, police, hospitals and Welsh Government.

Inquest

In certain circumstances, HM Coroner may decide to hold an inquest into the death. He or she will usually give the undertakers an Order of Burial form or Certificate for Cremation form, so that the funeral can take place. They may also issue interim death certificates to relatives to allow the deceased's financial affairs to be sorted out. The death will not be registered until the inquest has taken place and a verdict has been reached. After the inquest, the coroner will provide the registrar with the relevant paperwork. Once the registration has taken place (for which an informant is not required), certified copies of the entry, i.e. death certificates, can be purchased from the registrar. 

Inquests usually take place at the court in the Civic Centre (see address below). The court does have wheelchair access. Those attending court who have special requirements, e.g. translating services, must contact the coroner's officers well in advance of the hearing. All inquests are open to the public and to the press, unless there is an issue of national security. 

PDF Document Coroners Court Inquest Hearing List (PDF, 297kb)Opens new window

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding Orders ("DOLS")

From Monday 3 April 2017 the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 was amended so that people subject to authorisations under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (known as DoLS) will no longer be considered to be 'otherwise in state detention' for the purposes of Section 1 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

The effect of this is that for any death that occurs on or after the 3rd April and where the deceased was subject to a DoLS authorisation the coroner will no longer have a duty to conduct an inquest in all cases. This change will also apply in other cases where the deceased their deprivation of liberty authorised through provisions in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 

The change in the law will not apply to any death that occurred before Monday 3 April 2017 and inquests will still be required in those cases. Such deaths should be reported to the coroner in all cases even where the report is made after the 3rd April. 

For any person with a DoLS authorisation or other deprivation of liberty authorisation under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 who dies on the 3rd April, or any time after, their death need only be reported to the coroner where the cause of death is unknown or where there are concerns that the cause of death was unnatural or violent, including where there is any concern about the care given having contributed to the persons death.

For more information on coroner services please see the Coroner Services Guides at this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-coroner-services-and-coroner-investigations-a-short-guide

 

GP Death Reporting

We appreciate completed death referral forms (for use by GPs only) being emailed to  Death.Reports@swansea.gov.uk as this can help speed up our processes and thereby help the bereaved.

Death referral form for GPs is attached below.

Word Document Coroner's GP Referral Form (Word, 126kb)Opens new window

PDF Document Coroner's GP Referral Form (PDF, 71kb)Opens new window

The acting senior coroner

Mr Colin Phillips
HM Coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot
Civic Centre
Oystermouth Road
Swansea
SA1 3SN

Email: coroner@swansea.gov.uk

Telephone: 01792 636237
Fax: 01792 636603
DX: 743540 Swansea 22

Assistant coroners

Mr Aled Gruffydd and Mr Paul Bennett
Telephone: 01792 636237
Email: coroner@swansea.gov.uk

Coroner's officers

The direct telephone number of the Coroners Officers is: 01792 636505

At times of exceptional demand when the officers are engaged on other calls or absent from the office please leave a voicemail message with your contact details and the nature of the enquiry and someone will get back to you as soon as practicable.

Alternatively please email: CoronersOfficeWestern@south-wales.pnn.police.uk.

If your message is urgent and you need to speak to someone please ring the general office on 01792 636505 and a member of the administrative staff may be able to help

Office opening hours

Telephone: 01792 636237

Monday to Friday  9.00am - 4.00pm
This office does not operate out of hours.

If there is an emergency out of hours, South Wales PoliceOpens new window may contact HM Coroner personally.

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