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When a coroner investigates a death or fire the court gathers a range of documents. At the end of the investigation the coroner writes a finding. A written finding details the identity of the person who has died, the cause of the death or fire, in certain situations the circumstances of the death or fire, and any comments or recommendations that may help prevent similar deaths.

A number of findings are now available in the Coroner's Written Findings section of the website.

However, the individual documents in the court file are not generally available to the public. If a person wishes to see any of these documents, they must apply to the court for access.

The application must be made by filling out a Form 45 Application for coronial documents/inquest transcripts form and lodging the form with the court. A copy of this form is available under the Forms section of the website.