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The Coroners Court is an open and transparent one, and most of what goes on inside the court, and what is produced afterwards, is able to be reported on.

Coronial Services are committed to a professional and positive relationship with the news media because we appreciate the role they play in increasing the understanding of the work of the Coroners, and in educating the public on the lessons learned from individual deaths that arise from Coroners findings and recommendations.

News media are welcome to attend Inquests, can expect to receive notification of upcoming Inquests and should have findings released to them when available.

It's important to note that, like other judicial officers, Coroners don't usually speak to media about the individual cases they manage or the findings they produce.

However the Chief Coroner may choose to speak to media, and often does so when there is an issue of national significance.

Any finding that is subject to reporting restrictions will have them stated in the finding itself and media should also be aware of the reporting restrictions required by the Coroners Act 2006 when it comes to self-inflicted deaths.

The media contact can be found here: justice.govt.nz/media