Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. His Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (West) covering Gwynedd and Anglesey, is Ms Kate Robertson LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the Coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

 

A death should be reported to the Coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The Coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the Coroner the registrar must wait for the Coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the Coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made.

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the Coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

 

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the Coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death.

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.


Forthcoming inquests

   

Inquest in Writing - week commencing 27/05/2024:-

Alfred Thomas John Chappell – 100 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 09/12/2023

Philip Erasmus Williams – 94 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 29/02/2024

 

28/05/2024 - Dafydd Orwig Chamber, Shirehall Street, Caernarfon LL55 1SH

Formal Opening - 09:00

Barbara Bate – 86 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 14/05/2024

Gareth Parry Jones – 74 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 10/12/2023

Full Inquest

09:30 - Josephine Darnell – 83 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 21/06/2022

13:00 – Frances Anne Edwards – 81 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 07/06/2022

15:00 - Kelly Buffy Marie Jones – 42 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 21/09/2023

 

Inquest in Writing - week commencing 29/05/2024:-

Deiniol Williams – 76 years old, died Deiniolen on 13/03/2023

Glenys Hughes – 97 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 16/01/2024

 

Inquest in Writing - week commencing 31/05/2024:-

Dion Llywelyn Pritchard - 26 years old, died Caernarfon on 02/03/2024

 

10/06/2024 - Dafydd Orwig Chamber, Shirehall Street, Caernarfon LL55 1SH

Full Inquest:

09:30 - Dick Owen Roberts – 85 years old, died Rhostryfan on 23/01/2024

11:00 - Gracie Wyn Burton – 77 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 31/01/2024

13:30 - David Wyn Jones – 48 years old, died Parys Mountain on 25/10/2022

15:30 - Robert Griffith Williams – 87 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 22/09/2023

 

26/06/2024 - Dafydd Orwig Chamber, Shirehall Street, Caernarfon LL55 1SH

Full Inquest:

09:30 - Leanne Jones – 45 years old, died Ysbyty Gwynedd on 11/07/2022

11:30 - Idris Jones – 55 years old, died A493 Cerrig Cornel, Llanegryn on 29/05/2023

12:30 - William Dennis Onion – 33 years old, died Crib Goch, Eryri on 11/11/2023

13:30 - Robina Begum – 46 years old, died Barmouth on 05/03/2023

14:30 - Margaret Faith Jones – 73 years old, died Ganllwyd on 04/10/2023

 

Registration of Deaths

If the Coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the Coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the Coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (West) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address: HM Coroner’s Office, Shirehall Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1SH

Email: crwner@gwynedd.llyw.cymru  

Telephone number: 01286 672 804