HM Coroner

It is not unusual for HM Coroner to be involved when a person dies. If the death occurred under normal circumstances then normally the doctor can confirm the death. If the death or events surrounding the death mean that the doctor cannot certify the death then HM Coroner may become involved. The following list describes circumstances when a coroner may become involved:
  • If the cause of death is unknown
  • If the death was unexplained
  • If the death was unexpected or sudden
  • Cause of death was unnatural or involved violence
  • The medical certificate is unavailable
  • The person who died was not seen by the doctor that signed the medical certificate within 14 days before they died or after death
  • The death occurred during an operation
  • Medical certificate suggests the cause of death was influenced by industrial poisoning or disease

What happens if the coroner decides the cause of death is clear?

If the coroner decides that the cause of death is clear then they will sign a medical certificate and will also issue a certificate for the registrar stating that there is no need for a post-mortem.

What happens if the coroner orders an inquest?

If the coroner decides to order an inquest into the death you will be notified of this decision immediately. An inquest will be instructed if the coroner does not consider the cause of death is clear. The purpose of an inquest is to identify when and where they died and the cause of death. An inquest can take a number of months before the final hearing. The final hearing is normally around 4 months after the inquest was opened. If an inquest has been requested please let us know immediately.

Local Coroners contact details

Gwent District
Victoria Chambers
11 Clytha Park Road
NP20 4PB

Further advice

If you need more advice, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01633 483127.

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