Last updated 20 January 2022
There are a number of decisions that are made throughout the investigation and inquest process. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of a particular decision, then you may be entitled to seek some form of review or reconsideration of the decision.
Compared with other jurisdictions, the coronial jurisdiction is relatively informal. Before pursuing formal review options, you may wish to write to the investigating coroner if you have questions or would like to seek further information at any stage throughout the investigation or inquest process.
Review options available under the Coroners Act
Decisions about whether a death is reportable
If you are not satisfied with a coroner’s decision about whether a death is a ‘reportable death’, then you can seek a review of the decision.
If the decision was made by a coroner other than the State Coroner, then you will need to apply to the State Coroner for a review of the decision.
If the decision was made by the State Coroner, then you will need to apply to the District Court for a review of the decision.
You must make this application within 14 days of receiving the State Coroner’s written reasons for the decision.