Coronial inquests are public hearings held to examine the cause and circumstances surrounding the death of somebody in unusual or unnatural circumstances. Cridland & Hua can provide legal advice and assistance with coronial inquests.
Coroners examine reports submitted by police in respect of each death. Then they determine which need to be further investigated. The family of a deceased person can request a coroner to investigate the death of their loved one. However, it is ultimately a decision for the coroner as to which deaths require an investigation and inquest.
Coroners have specific powers to assist them in investigating deaths. After an investigation is complete a coroner then decides whether or not a coronial inquest should be held. In making this decision, the coroner will take into account the wishes of the deceased’s family and any other interested parties.
The coroner must deliver findings at the conclusion of the coronial inquest. If possible, they will establish who the deceased was. Plus, when and where the deceased died and how they died. Another important function of coronial inquests is the coroner’s power to make recommendations. For example, recommendations as to how similar deaths might be avoided in the future.
If you’re involved in a death that’s being publicly examined, our legal team can advise you through the process and protect your rights. Cridland & Hua Lawyers are the specialists amongst Brisbane Law Firms. We are criminal law experts with a formidable reputation and proven track record of success at all court levels across Australia, contact us today.
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