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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.


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, ie death certificates, can be purchased from the registrar. 

Inquests usually take place at the court in the Guildhall (see address below). The court does have wheelchair access. Those attending court who have special requirements, eg 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.

Attendance at inquests
It is illegal to record any judicial proceedings heard in open court without permission of the Coroner, and to do so is a contempt of court under the Contempt of Court Act 1981.

Coroner's court inquest hearing list (PDF) [307KB]


GP death reporting GP death reporting


The acting senior coroner

Mr Colin Phillips
HM Coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot
The Guidhall


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

Assistant coroners

Mr Aled Gruffydd
Mr Edward Ramsay
Mrs Kirsten Heaven

Telephone: 01792 636237

Coroner's officers

The direct telephone number of the Coroners Officers is: 01792 450650

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:

Fax: 01792 450652

If your message is urgent and you need to speak to someone please ring the general office on 01792 450650 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 Police may contact HM Coroner personally.

Reportable deaths list

Reportable deaths guidelines.

Privacy notice - HM Coroner for the City and County of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot County Borough council area

This privacy notice covers the judicial processing undertaken by the Coroner's office.

GP death reporting

The Coroner's Service for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are currently rolling out a new electronic system for any referrals to the HM Coroner.

Report treasure

If you find an object which you think may be historic or valuable ('treasure') in the Swansea or Neath Port Talbot council areas then you must report it to the local coroner as soon as possible.
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Last modified on 24 July 2024