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.
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. A public statutory authority or entity 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.
|Name||Case ID||Case type||Date||Coroner Sort descending||Related orders and rulings||Responses to recommendations|
|Mark Jordan-Hill||COR 2016 5253||Finding into death without inquest||08/01/2018||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|George Germanos||COR 2001 0819||Finding into death with inquest||17/06/2016||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|Vincenzo Mannella||COR 1999 0094||Finding into death with inquest||31/08/2017||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|Nicolas Russell Miles||COR 2015 0204||Finding into death without inquest||09/08/2016||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|Wye River and Separation Creek Wye River and Separation Creek Fire||COR 2016 0308||Finding into fire without inquest||23/05/2018||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey||
|Nikolai Radev||COR 2003 1166||Finding into death with inquest||08/12/2016||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|Marie-Faith Chantal Abla Fiawoo||COR 2013 1339||Finding into death without inquest||04/06/2018||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|Savannah Price-Mihayo||COR 2014 2013||Finding into death without inquest||14/02/2017||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|Noel Faure||COR 2016 6218||Finding into death without inquest||23/06/2017||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|Patelesio Kenner||COR 2017 0558||Finding into death without inquest||10/07/2018||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|