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.
There are many support services available to you in your time of need.
The process for families
By law, certain deaths must be reported to the coroner.
What to expect at court
If a coroner decides to hold an inquest you may need to attend court.