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Coronial inquests

Commonly asked questions about coronial inquests:

Inquests are open to the public, and as such, anybody can attend. If you or your family members wish to ask questions of the witnesses at the hearing, there are a few methods of doing so. Firstly, your solicitor can attend with you (or in your place) and ask questions on your behalf. Alternatively, your family can appoint a single family member to act as a representative and ask questions for the family. Families can also ask questions through the counsel assisting the coroner (the coronial advocate).

The length of an inquest can vary widely, depending on how complex the case is and how many witness need to be called to give evidence. Some inquests take a couple of hours, while some can take many weeks or even months for larger cases. Before the inquest begins, you will be informed of the length of time the inquest is estimated to take. However, this may change, and the inquest may finish earlier or later depending on the findings and evidence which arise during proceedings.

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