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 Sort ascending||Coroner||Related orders and rulings||Responses to recommendations|
|Russell Langford Munsch||COR 2017 000876||Finding into death with inquest||10/11/2022||Coroner Darren Bracken|
|John Washburn||COR 2017 000875||Finding into death with inquest||10/11/2022||Coroner Darren Bracken|
|Greg Reynolds De Haven||COR 2017 000873||Finding into death with inquest||10/11/2022||Coroner Darren Bracken|
|Sotirios Temopoulos||COR 2020 004482||Finding into death without inquest||03/11/2022||Coroner Simon McGregor|
|Steven William Judge||COR 2019 001360||Finding into death with inquest||02/11/2022||Deputy State Coroner Jacqui Hawkins|
|Master S||COR 2019 006224||Finding into death without inquest||31/10/2022||Coroner Sarah Gebert|
|Mark Skidmore||COR 2017 000753||Finding into death with inquest||31/10/2022||Coroner Darren Bracken|
|Ronald Allen Cunnington||COR 2022 003945||Finding into death without inquest||30/10/2022||Deputy State Coroner Jacqui Hawkins|
|Vasileios Avtsidis||COR 2021 003483||Finding into death without inquest||28/10/2022||Coroner Paresa Spanos|
|Elizabeth Judith Robyn Wilms||COR 2016 003075||Finding into death with inquest||27/10/2022||State Coroner Judge John Cain|