When does the Coroner become involved?

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Under the Coroners Act of 2003 Coroners are responsible for investigating reportable deaths. A reportable death is where:

  • The identity of the deceased is unknown.
  • The death was violent or unnatural, ie accidents, falls, suicide or drug overdoses.
  • The death happened in suspicious circumstances.
  • A ‘cause of death’ certificate has not been issued and is not likely to be issued.
  • The death was a health care related death.
  • The death occurred in care or custody.
  • The death occurred as a result of police operations.