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Findings

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.

    Recommendations

    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.

    Findings list

    Name Case ID Case type Date Sort ascending Coroner Related orders and rulings Responses to recommendations
    Jennifer Anne Jones COR 2020 003947 Finding into death without inquest 15/09/2022 Coroner Paresa Spanos
    Gregory Paul Sedgman COR 2018 004920 Finding into death with inquest 09/09/2022 Deputy State Coroner Jacqui Hawkins
    Kim Rebecca Lynch COR 2016 000778 Finding into death with inquest 07/09/2022 State Coroner Judge John Cain
    Helen Welsh COR 2018 002691 Finding into death without inquest 06/09/2022 Coroner Darren Bracken
    Anthony James Georgiou COR 2016 004356 Finding into death with inquest 06/09/2022 Coroner Darren Bracken
    Bazouni Bazouni COR 2016 003108 Finding into death with inquest 02/09/2022 Coroner David Ryan
    Alan Joseph Wilson COR 2021 000551 Finding into death with inquest 02/09/2022 Coroner Simon McGregor
    N J COR 2020 006798 Finding into death without inquest 31/08/2022 Coroner John Olle
    Cindy Jane Martin COR 2020 003618 Finding into death without inquest 31/08/2022 Deputy State Coroner Jacqui Hawkins
    Mr B COR 2020 006878 Finding into death with inquest 31/08/2022 State Coroner Judge John Cain