Coronial Inquests

In circumstances where the death of a person comes under suspicion or scrutiny a coronal hearing is ordered to investigate the circumstances surrounding that reportable death. 

Reportable deaths are usually reported to the coroner by police. 

Coronial hearings are presided over by a Magistrate. 

Witnesses and persons of interest are called to give evidence before the hearing. 

Coronial hearings occur in a court room situation and rules of evidence and law apply to the hearings. 

Coronial investigations do no generally focus on laying blame or assigning liability and can make recommendations about preventing similar deaths in the future.