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Findings

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 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.

Any person may apply for some or all of a finding to be reviewed and/or appealed.

    Recommendations

    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.

    Findings list

    Name Case ID Case type Date Sort ascending Coroner Related orders and rulings Responses to recommendations
    Ian Chamberlain COR 2016 0419 Finding into death with inquest 11/02/2020 Coroner Audrey Jamieson
    Daniel Flinn COR 2016 0442 Finding into fire with inquest 11/02/2020 Coroner Audrey Jamieson
    Donald Ernest Hateley COR 2016 0416 Finding into death with inquest 11/02/2020 Coroner Audrey Jamieson
    Dianne Bradley COR 2016 0418 Finding into death with inquest 11/02/2020 Coroner Audrey Jamieson
    D M COR 2019 0031 Finding into death without inquest 07/02/2020 Coroner Michelle Hodgson
    Janet Foster COR 2016 2544 Finding into death without inquest 05/02/2020 Coroner Darren Bracken
    Damon Brenden Amiet COR 2013 1584 Finding into death with inquest 31/01/2020 Coroner Paresa Spanos
    Ward Harker COR 2015 6083 Finding into death with inquest 31/01/2020 Coroner Darren Bracken
    Brett Maybus COR 2017 4320 Finding into death with inquest 31/01/2020 Coroner Phillip Byrne
    Francis John Stewart COR 2018 3515 Finding into death without inquest 31/01/2020 Coroner Jacqui Hawkins