Coroner’s Courts


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Peter Murphy has extensive experience in coronial matters and is available to appear at Sydney and Parramatta as well as regional inquests and inquiries. He has represented witnesses and families of deceased persons and has also appeared as counsel assisting the courts.

The “Coroner’s Court” is the generic name given to proceedings in which inquests and inquiries are held in New South Wales.  Coroners have jurisdiction over the remains of a person and the power to make findings in respect to the cause of a death.Where a serious criminal offence has been disclosed during the course of an inquest or an inquiry, the Coroner may terminate the proceedings and refer that matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration of criminal proceedings. Coroners also hold inquiries concerning the cause of fires. 

All Magistrates in New South Wales are Coroners. The current State Coroner is Magistrate Michael Barnes.

There are two specialist Coroner’s Courts in Sydney. These are the State Coroner’s Court at Glebe and the Parramatta Coroner’s Court in the Local Court Complex. Inquests and Inquiries are also held at Court Houses in regional centres. Generally there are no appeals from the Court’s decisions although there is provision for the Supreme Court  to order a fresh inquest or inquiry or to grant prerogative relief in respect of the proceedings.

Specialist Criminal Defence Lawyer Sydney – Coroners’ Court – Coronial Inquest