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Coroner's Office

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.

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

Coroner

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.

Office Staff

The administration of the coroner's office is carried out by Maggie Julien and Jocelyn Benger. For historical reasons, they are known as 'Coroner's Clerks'. Normally, one or the other will be 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 Jeremy Davies. He can be contacted at Milford Haven Police Station (mornings only) - Telephone 101.

The Carmarthenshire Coroner's Officers employed by the police are Hayley Rogers - contact number: 01554 740710, email sddress: hayley.rogers@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk and Malcolm Thompson - contact number: 01554 740713, email address: malcolm.thompson@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk.

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 and 01437 775147

email: pembscoroner@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Out of office hours please contact police stations on Tel.101

The Coroner's Officers for Carmarthenshire are situated in Llanelli. The office is open from 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday 

Telephone: 01554 740713 or 01554 740710

email: coronerscarms@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Useful Link

Guide to Coroner Services

 

 

ID: 6753, revised 29/07/2020