Coroners Inquests – ensure you get the answers you need

October 8, 2013

in Litigation & Dispute Resolution

iStock_000018766927SmallThere has been call for changes to the way in which Coroner’s recommendations are implemented.  It is felt that while many Coroners make important recommendations which contribute to improvements in health and safety outcomes, many of these recommendations are not being implemented or followed up.  A study by the University of Otago has commented that in order to identify and reduce preventable deaths there needs to be a change to ensure that where recommendations are made by Coroners about health and safety, that these recommendations are followed up and implemented.

Another factor to consider is whether people are being adequately represented at Coronial Inquests.  It is important for families and friends to get answers to the questions surrounding tragic or untimely death of loved ones.  Without adequate legal representation at these inquests often the relevant questions for the family may not be asked.  Alternatively, previous similar cases may not be brought to the attention of the Coroner in order to assist in their recommendations.

The University’s study shows that there are approximately 29,000 deaths in New Zealand each year, of which about 20% are reported to Coroners. Most years there are around 1,300 inquests resulting in approximately 200 Coroners’ recommendations and therefore it is crucial that you and your family are represented throughout this process to ensure that all of your concerns are addressed.  We can assist you with this process and represent you throughout the inquest hearing.

If you require any advice or further information on the matters dealt with in this publication please contact the lawyer at Farry and Co who normally advises you, or alternatively contact:

Kirsten Maclean

(03) 477 8870 or (09) 379 0055


The information contained in this publication is intended as a guide only.  It does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.  Professional advice should be sought before applying any of the information to particular circumstances.  While every reasonable care has been taken in the preparation of this publication, Farry and Co. does not accept liability for any errors it may contain. 

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