2.8 Coroners Court

Coroners hear inquests to:

  • identify who has died and cause of death
  • establish when and where the person died
  • understand the causes and circumstances of the death.

At the end of the inquest process, the coroner may make recommendations or comments on measures that may reduce the possibility of death in similar circumstances.

A coroner is a judicial officer appointed by the Governor-General with the special role of inquiring into the deaths of people in particular circumstances. They have the powers of a District Court judge, exercising jurisdiction under the Criminal Procedure Act 2011, including the power to summon witnesses.

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