Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins 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. 

When is a coroner involved?

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. 

What does the coroner do?

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

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day:

It is an offence to make any recordings or take photographs within the Court Room or the Court building

Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November, and Monday 2 December 2019

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

9.30am

  • Name: Luke Leon Morris Jones
  • Age: 22
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham Maelor 31.03.18
Friday 6 December 2019

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Norma Dovey
  • Age: 75
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham Maelor 21.06.19

10.45am

  • Name: George Leonard Painter
  • Age: 92
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham Maelor 25.06.19

11.30am

  • Name: Clifford Parry
  • Age: 85
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 10.07.19

12.15pm

  • Name: James Benjamin Hughes
  • Age: 26
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham 09.07.19

2pm

  • Name: Marion Davies
  • Age: 85
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham 02.07.19 

2.45pm

  • Name: Margaret Ann Greenhalgh
  • Age: 76
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 06.07.19

3.30pm

  • Name: Selwyn Francis
  • Age: 63
  • Place and date of death: Countess of Chester 04.07.19
Tuesday 10 December 2019

Inquest location: The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP

9.30am

  • Name: Deborah Louise Taylor-Lewis
  • Age: 47
  • Place and date of death: Old Colwyn 16.03.19

10am

  • Name: Sonia Ankers
  • Age: 94
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 06.07.19

10.30am

  • Name: David Owen
  • Age: 34
  • Place and date of death: Abergele 15.07.19

11.15am

  • Name: Thomas Robert Williams
  • Age: 88
  • Place and date of death: Llandudno 20.07.19

12.30pm

  • Name: Eileen Clayton
  • Age: 92
  • Place and date of death: Llandudno Hospital 08.04.19
Thursday 12 December 2019

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Patricia Miller
  • Age: 64
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham 09.06.19
Friday 13 December 2019

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Sian Louise Day
  • Age: 31
  • Place and date of death: Corwen 14.07.19

11.15am

  • Name: Jason Wilson
  • Age: 40
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham 11.07.19

12 noon

  • Name: Craig James Rowe
  • Age: 28
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham 23.07.19

2pm

  • Name: Lucy Catherine Williams
  • Age: 28
  • Place and date of death: Denbigh 21.07.19
Friday 20 December 2019

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Samantha Jane Brousas
  • Age: 49
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham Maelor 23.02.18

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 (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

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

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047