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 Sort descending||Date||Coroner||Related orders and rulings||Responses to recommendations|
|Divesh Sharma||COR 2012 1544||Finding into death with inquest||08/05/2015||State Coroner Judge Ian L Gray|
|Wesley Robert Jennings||COR 2004 1575||Finding into death with inquest||12/02/2010||Coroner Paresa Spanos|
|Helen Maree Stagoll||COR 2010 1624||Finding into death with inquest||29/10/2013||Coroner Jacinta Heffey|
|Taylor Page Janssen||COR 2009 1767||Finding into death with inquest||28/11/2014||State Coroner Judge Ian L Gray|
|Unidentified Skeletal Remains||COR 2014 1816||Finding into death with inquest||15/12/2014||Coroner Paresa Spanos|
|Umut Selek||COR 2010 1958||Finding into death with inquest||25/05/2016||Deputy State Coroner Iain West|
|Rajesh Pala||COR 2009 2148||Finding into death with inquest||12/04/2012||Coroner Audrey Jamieson|
|Gianni (John) Furlan||COR 1998 2331||Finding into death with inquest||31/08/2017||State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey|
|Gerard Alexander Tibballs||COR 2010 2404||Finding into death with inquest||08/12/2014||Coroner Audrey Jamieson|
|David Maxwell Prideaux||COR 2011 2601||Finding into death with inquest||15/07/2014||Deputy State Coroner Iain West|