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Coroner

Coroners preside from the bench and are usually magistrates or lawyers with many years experience.

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Interested Parties

Interested parties sit at the bar table and are usually lawyers representing people likely to be affected by a coroner's finding.

Media

Media will often attend inquests and report on what is said in court.

Family Member

Family members of the person who died attend court in most inquests.

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Coroner's Assistant

The Coroner's Assistant is a specially trained police officer who helps the coroner in court.

Expert Witness

Expert witnesses are people who specialise in certain fields and help coroners understand complex information.

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General Witness

General witnesses are people who did, heard or saw something that may help the coroner in their investigation. All witnesses give evidence from the witness box.

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Police Witness

Police witnesses attend court to tell the Coroner what they did, heard or saw at a scene.

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Please note the picture above does not indicate the precise layout of all coronial hearings. Court layouts will vary depending on where and in which courtroom hearings are held. However, some or all of the roles shown will be present. Information contained in the Virtual Tour is not a substitute for legal advice.