7.3 Coroners Court

The Coroners Act 2006 contains several specific provisions regarding access to coroners’ findings and other documents held by the Ministry of Justice.

A finding is a report written by the coroner about the facts of the death. The finding can also include comments or recommendations to help prevent similar deaths in the future.

In order to publicise this information, the findings and recommendations are open to the public.

Some findings of public interest are available online here(external link).

You can search for recommendations from cases that were opened after 1 July 2007 that are now closed. You can search for cases by the name of the person who died or by key word here(external link).

You can contact the Ministry’s media team if you can’t find the case you’re looking for or if the case was opened before midnight on 30 June 2007.

Once a case is closed and the file has been given to the Secretary for Justice, other documents from coronial files may be requested from the Ministry of Justice by an Official Information Act request.

Please contact the Ministry’s media team or go to the Coronial Information page(external link) for further information.

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