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Coroner receives reprimand.

A CORONER has been reprimanded for behaving in an "intimidating manner" to staff.

Colin Phillips, acting senior coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, was the subject of a complaint to the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO).

A JCIO spokesman said Mr Phillips had been issued with a reprimand by Lord Chancellor David Gauke and Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett.

He said they had concluded Mr Phillips "behaved in an intimidating manner" and made "inappropriate remarks" to staff.

The spokesman said an investigation was launched after the JCIO received a complaint about Mr Phillips' behaviour.

Detail of the complaint has been outlined in a statement published on the JCIO website.

"The conduct of acting senior coroner Mr Colin Phillips has been investigated following a complaint of inappropriate behaviour towards coronial staff," said the spokesman in the statement.

"The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice, while accepting that the coroner was working in challenging circumstances and noting that many other allegations were found to be unproven, concluded that he behaved in an intimidating manner and made inappropriate remarks to staff, for which they have issued him with a reprimand."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 9, 2019
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