Coroner's Court


State Coroner's Court of New South Wales

A woman talking about the death of a loved oneThe State Coroner ensures that all deaths, suspected deaths, fires and explosions are properly investigated. If necessary, an inquest into the death is held. Coroners can also recommend measures to prevent future deaths.

Find out about each step in the coronial process, including how to access counselling and support.



A family member or friend will be asked by the police to formally identify the person’s body. Read more >>>

​Post mortem

Can you object to a post mortem(autopsy)? The Senior next of kin has the right to object to a post mortem. Learn more about the process on application and approval of objection to post mortem. 

What happens at an inquest

An inquest is a court hearing where the Coroner considers evidence to determine the identity of the deceased and the date, place, manner and cause of death of the deceased. Read more about the steps involved in an inquest. 

Why the coroner has to investigate

Coroners investigate certain kinds of deaths in order to determine the identity of the deceased and the date, place, circumstances and medical cause of death. Learn more about the Coroner's role.

​Access coronial records

When a Coroner investigates a death or a fire or explosion, the court gathers a range of documents. Read information on how to apply for access documents not open to public.


All inquests and inquiries held at the coronial proceedings are sound recorded. Find out how to order a transcript?

2016 Asia Pacific Coroners’ Society Conference

Venue: Pan Pacific Perth, WA

Date: 8 – 11 November 2016

Theme: Pathways to Prevention

Description: At the conclusion of an inquest the coroner may make comments and recommendations that are aimed at preventing deaths arising in similar circumstances. Indeed, in the course of a coronial investigation from the earliest stages there are opportunities to address matters of public health or safety. This is known as the coroner's death prevention role, a matter of extraordinary social utility and a cornerstone of the coronial process. Please come and join us in Perth in November 2016 at the Asia Pacific Coroners Society's conference as the many pathways to prevention are explored.

Contact: Conference Secretariat - DC Conferences, 02 9954 4400 or