Court hearings list

Coroners Court of Victoria hearings are generally open to the public. Hearings are generally held at the Coroners Court of Victoria in Melbourne unless otherwise noted.

Types of hearings

Mention/directions hearing

These hearings allow parties to discuss whether an inquest is required, or determine the scope, date and witness list for the inquest.

Inquest

An inquest will hear from witnesses, examine evidence and consider submissions from various parties.

Summary inquest

No witnesses are called. A summary of the facts and investigation will usually be presented. The coroner may deliver their finding at the end of the hearing or provide it in writing at a later date.

Finding

The coroner may read out the entire finding, read selected parts, or choose to simply sign the finding.

Court hearings list

Virtual hearings

In response to the State Government’s restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all Coroners Court hearings, including inquests, will be convened via electronic and digital means where feasible.

For general enquiries about coronial hearings and to access virtual hearings please contact, email courtadmin@coronerscourt.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 309 519

For media enquiries about coronial virtual hearings, including hearing link requests, email mediaenquiries@coronerscourt.vic.gov.au

The Coroners Court is open and continues to actively investigate all cases. Coroners and staff are working in accordance with the restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 and remain committed to serving the community at this difficult time. For the latest updated on the Coroners Court response to the COVID-19 pandemic visit Coroners Court Coronavirus Update.