A written finding is a formal document handed down by a coroner following an investigation into a death or fire and is generally the final step in the coronial investigation process. A written finding is made regardless of whether an inquest is held or not.
A written finding following an investigation into a death will usually, if possible, include:
- the identity of the person who died
- The time, date, and location where the death occurred
- a summary of the evidence relating to the circumstances of the death, in some cases
- comments or recommendations made by the coroner aimed at preventing similar deaths, in some cases.
Findings are published when:
- an inquest was held
- recommendations have been made
- a coroner otherwise orders they be published.
Findings handed down and published in the last 365 days are available below.
Search older findings on the Australasian Legal Information Institute database (AustLII).
Please consider that it may be upsetting to read details about a death or fire in an inquest finding. Some information may be graphic or distressing.
Use the search field above to locate a finding. You can search for a name, a case number, type of death or location of death.
The Coroners Act 2008 allows a coroner to make recommendations as part of their finding following an investigation into a death or fire.
Recommendations can be made to any Minister, public statutory authority or entity that may help prevent similar deaths. Anyone who receives a recommendation from a coroner must respond, in writing, within three months stating what action, if any, has or will be taken.
The Court will publish inquest findings with recommendations and the subsequent responses below. The Court does not provide a copy of a response to a recommendation to any person unless they have advised the Principal Registrar in writing that they have an interest in the subject of the recommendations.
|Name||Case ID||Case type||Date Sort ascending||Coroner||Related orders and rulings||Responses to recommendations|
|Bede Levi Davies||COR 2017 6605||Finding into death without inquest||07/12/2018||Coroner Phillip Byrne|
|Anna Agnieszka Bowditch||COR 2014 4262||Finding into death with inquest||03/12/2018||Coroner Audrey Jamieson|
|Nikolaos Margelis||COR 2014 5980||Finding into death with inquest||29/11/2018||Coroner Simon McGregor|
|Albert Dean May||COR 2015 4237||Finding into death without inquest||29/11/2018||Coroner Audrey Jamieson|
|Jason William Causon||COR 2018 2769||Finding into death without inquest||28/11/2018||Coroner Phillip Byrne|
|Sarah Hammoud||COR 2016 1306||Finding into death with inquest||26/11/2018||Coroner Jacqui Hawkins|
|Emma Ashlee Dutton||COR 2013 5916||Finding into death with inquest||26/11/2018||Coroner Paresa Spanos|
|Michael Phu Tran||COR 2017 5048||Finding into death without inquest||23/11/2018||Coroner Michelle Hodgson|
|Jocelyn Riddiford||COR 2017 4162||Finding into death without inquest||19/11/2018||Coroner Peter White|
|Robert Humphreys||COR 2015 4552||Finding into death with inquest||19/11/2018||Coroner Peter White|