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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Coroner's Office remains open but staff are now working remotely. Public access to the Guildhall in which we are based is restricted. For further information please contact us by telephone on 01792 450650 or by email:

You can check our 'hearing list' below for an update on our listed and adjourned inquests. Inquest hearings are currently being held in the Chamber at the Guildhall in Swansea, SA1 4PE. If you wish to attend a hearing either in person or virtually please contact the office on the above number so that this can be arranged. If you are unable to obtain a response please telephone 07583 084818.

Coroners office - recent Covid-19 guidelines

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. 

PDF Document Coroner's Court inquest hearing list (PDF, 198KB)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 3 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


GP Death Reporting

All referrals from GP surgeries are to be made using our secure portal using this link.


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 and Mr Paul Bennett
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 PoliceOpens new window may contact HM Coroner personally.

Reportable deaths list

Reportable deaths guidelines.

Privacy notice - HM Coroner

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

Coroners office - recent Covid-19 guidelines

Most recent guidelines including information for General Practitioners and guidance for funeral directors.

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