Coroners are responsible for investigating reportable deaths under the Coroners Act 2003 (Qld). The role of a coroner is to determine the identity of the deceased person, when, where, and how they died as well as the medical cause of death. A coroner can hold an inquest into a person’s death and make recommendations. These recommendations are focused on attempting to prevent similar deaths in the future rather than laying blame or assigning liability for the death.
- Information about the Queensland Coroners Court - General information about the Queensland Coroners Court.
- Information about coronial investigations - Steps involved in a coronial investigation.
- 'What to expect at an inquest' factsheet - A guide detailing the procedure of a coronial inquest.
- State Coroners Guidelines 2003 - The guidelines applicable to a Coroner during an inquest.
- Coroners Act 2003 (QLD) - The Act governing the coronial system in Queensland.
- LawRight is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based legal organisation that operates a civil law referral service for pro bono legal representation and direct legal services for particular disadvantaged client groups.For more information about the help available, and the process for applying for help, please see the LawRight website at www.lawright.org.au
- You may wish to approach a community legal centre for assistance. To find your nearest community legal centre, please visit the Community Legal Centres Queensland website at www.communitylegalqld.org.au . There are a number of community legal centres throughout Queensland that hold regular advice sessions.