His Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) 

His Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons).

The Coroner Service looks into someone’s death if they died within this area, and:

  • the cause of death is unknown
  • the death was violent or unnatural
  • the person died in prison, police custody or other state detention.

The police, hospital doctors, individual GPs and care homes will refer a death to the Coroner, where necessary.

Coroner's officers

Coroner's officers are responsible for providing information to the coroner and will be the main point of contact for the deceased's family.

They will gather information from the family, the police, doctors, mortuary staff, hospital bereavement staff and funeral directors. They will also get information and documents from those who may have been involved, such as witnesses, or those a coroner decides is an ‘interested person’ in the investigation.

Coroner’s officers are North Wales Police staff.

What does the Coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a postmortem, 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.

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