Coroners Court of Victoria

65 Kavanagh Street, Southbank

The Coroners Court investigates the cause and circumstances of some deaths and fires. Unlike other courts, a coroner cannot find guilt or innocence, or criminal liability. Their primary purpose is to investigate and make recommendations to help prevent similar deaths or fires in the future. Not every death in Victoria is investigated by a coroner.

Coroners can only investigate deaths that are unexpected, unnatural, violent or which resulted from accident or injury. This can include deaths that occur during or following a medical procedure, or where a doctor is unsure of the cause of death.

A coroner must investigate the death of anyone who has died while in state custody. Coroners must also investigate reviewable deaths which occur when two or more children of the same parents have died.

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This page was last updated on January 14, 2015