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A woman talking about the death of a loved oneCoroners ensure that all sudden, unexpected or unexplained 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.

This website provides details of 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 sudden and unexpected deaths in order to determine the identity of the deceased and the date, place, circumstances and medical cause of death. The Coroner also has power to make recommendations following an inquest to improve public safety and prevent future deaths. 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 to these documents​​.



All coronial inquests and fire inquiries are sound recorded. Find out how to order a transcript?