Gwent Coroner Service

Gwent Coroner Service, Civic Centre, Newport NP20 4UR 

Telephone: (01633) 414600 

Email: Gwent.Coroner@newport.gov.uk

Gwent Coroner Service represents the following local authorities: Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen


A coroner is a special type of judge appointed by a local authority to investigate certain deaths.

Coroners work within a framework of law passed by Parliament and are appointed by a local authority but remain independent judicial office holders.

Coroners investigate deaths that have been reported to them if they think that:

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

When a death is reported to a coroner, the coroner decides whether an investigation is needed and if it is, investigates to establish:

  • the identity of the person who has died
  • how, when, and where they died
  • any information they need to register the death
  • use information discovered during the investigation to help prevent other deaths

Registering a possible treasure find

In Wales, a person who finds an item which may be treasure (the finder) must contact the Coroner and the Portable Antiquities Scheme Cymru Coordinator (PAS Coordinator) at the National Museum of Wales.  The contact details are as follows:

Gwent Coroner’s Service: gwent.coroner@newport.gov.uk

PAS Coordinator: treasure@museumwales.ac.uk

 

Further information

Read the Gov.UK Guide to Coroner Services