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.
The Coroner carries out investigations and establishes the circumstances and causes of death for the benefit of:
- the bereaved, who wish to know how their family member came to die (the circumstances) and how those circumstances came about (the causes)
- medical science, so that lessons can be learned from the circumstances and causes to advance medical care and to avoid future errors
- the public, who wish to be assured that the unexplained or violent death of one of its members is properly investigated in a manner that respects the need of the bereaved and of medical science
The Acting Senior Coroner is Paul Bennett. His jurisdiction covers the full extent of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and the coastal waters surrounding them.
When Mr Bennett is not available, his work is carried out by Assistant Coroner, Gareth Lewis.
The administration of the coroner's office is carried out by the Clerks to the Coroner. The Clerks are normally the person first seen or spoken to when calling at or phoning the office. They have certain limited powers delegated to them by the Coroner and will be able to give information about the progress of an investigation.
The Pembrokeshire Coroner's Officer employed by the police is Lisa Jenkins. She can be contacted at Haverfordwest Police Station - Telephone 01437 772701. Email. email@example.com
The Carmarthenshire Coroner’s Officers employed by the police are Malcolm Thompson (Telephone 01554 740713 Email malcolm.thompson@Dyfed-Powys.police.uk) and Hayley Rogers (Telephone 01554 740710 Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
They can also be contacted on email@example.com
Contact and enquiry points
The Coroner's office for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire: North Wing, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP. The office is open from 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday
Telephone: 01437 775001, 01437 775134 and 01437 775147
Out of office hours please contact police stations on Tel.101