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|
|William Willms||COR 2017 5202||Finding into death with inquest||29/04/2019||Coroner Audrey Jamieson|
|Dennis John Wright||COR 2018 0488||Finding into death without inquest||24/04/2019||Coroner Audrey Jamieson|
|Nick Falos (formerly known as Nikolaos Falieros)||COR 2018 5977||Finding into death with inquest||15/04/2019||Coroner Phillip Byrne|
|Hannah Rachel Charles||COR 2010 1382||Finding into death with inquest||08/04/2019||Deputy State Coroner Iain West|
|Richard Alan Jones||COR 2018 6510||Finding into death without inquest||05/04/2019||Coroner Phillip Byrne|
|Isabella Estelle Rees||COR 2015 0592||Finding into death with inquest||04/04/2019||Coroner Caitlin English|
|Bevan John Stevens||COR 2018 2100||Finding into death without inquest||02/04/2019||Coroner Phillip Byrne|
|Brian Maher||COR 2017 6212||Finding into death without inquest||29/03/2019||Coroner John Olle|
|Vicki Jane Bennett||COR 2018 3034||Finding into death without inquest||28/03/2019||Coroner Phillip Byrne|
|Karen Elda Belej||COR 2016 1958||Finding into death without inquest||28/03/2019||Deputy State Coroner Iain West|