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For Families

The death of a partner, child, family member or friend can be a difficult and painful experience.

When a death is referred to the coroner, the investigation commences immediately. This means we will contact you in within a few days of the referral of the death to the coroner.

During the investigation that follows, we will work to minimise delays and extra processes – providing you with support as requested and giving regular updates to the senior next of kin.

At the end of the investigation, we will provide you with a report of how the death occurred. Importantly, we will also seek to identify how similar deaths may be prevented.

First 48 hours for families

The death of a partner, child, family member or friend can be a difficult and painful experience. Many things will happen very quickly once a death is reported to a coroner.

Support services

There are many support services available to you in your time of need.

What to expect at court

If a coroner decides to hold an inquest you may need to attend court.