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Coronial Inquests

A coronial inquest is a court hearing, and is sometimes held to determine how, when and where a person died. We help people and families navigate this process.

The Coroners Court

The Coroners Court is there to properly investigate sudden, unexpected or unexplained deaths, suspected deaths, fires and explosions.

In certain circumstances, police, medical, health and emergency professionals have a statutory obligation to report a sudden or unexplained death to the Coroner.

The Coroner makes decisions about whether a post-mortem is required and whether an inquest will take place.

If you are a family member or other person whose loved one’s death has been reported to the Coroner, or you think it should be reported to the Coroner, we can explain the process and guide you through the necessary steps including making submissions to the Coroner as to why an inquest should be held.

How we can help

We have extensive experience acting for individuals and families in relation to coronial inquests, including:

  • how to seek an inquest by advising on coronial processes and inquest procedure and advising on the features of Coroners Act 2009, including different categories of inquests
  • proceeding to an inquest involving the preparation of submissions to the Office of the State Coroner seeking the holding of an inquest, preparing evidence for coronial inquests and conducting all aspects of the inquest, including briefing and instructing Counsel.

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