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|
|Khuong An Huynh||COR 2009 0021||Finding into death with inquest||19/10/2012||Coroner Kim M. W. Parkinson|
|Hugh Peter Bourke||COR 2011 0078||Finding into death with inquest||07/09/2011||Coroner Dr Jane Hendtlass|
|Stuart Fraser Ronaldson||COR 2007 0129||Finding into death with inquest||30/04/2010||Coroner John Olle|
|Melva Jean Staff||COR 2007 0234||Finding into death with inquest||28/07/2011||Coroner Kim M. W. Parkinson|
|Heather Jane Kinder||COR 2011 0270||Finding into death with inquest||21/06/2013||Coroner Kim M. W. Parkinson|
|Bradley Keith Piper||COR 2007 0350||Finding into death with inquest||02/07/2013||Coroner John Olle|
|Corey David Bray||COR 2015 0455||Finding into death with inquest||27/06/2017||Coroner Peter White|
|Terence Joseph Roadley||COR 2014 0537||Finding into death with inquest||15/12/2014||Coroner Paresa Spanos|
|Zeina Taouk||COR 2014 0578||Finding into death with inquest||19/01/2015||Coroner John Olle|
|Ivo John Martinov||COR 2007 0612||Finding into death with inquest||21/11/2013||Coroner Dr Jane Hendtlass|