Coronial Hearings

Coronial Inquest Lawyer Brisbane

If you are involved in a coronial hearing (also known as a coronial inquest), we always recommend seeking professional legal advice as soon as possible. This will help you know your rights and prepare for the hearing.

If you need a lawyer for a coronial inquest in Brisbane, or if you need expert legal advice for your matter, do not hesitate to call us on 07 3236 5656.

Do You Need Legal Representation for a Coronial Inquest?

Although legal representation is not required in coronial inquests, you may be entitled to legal representation depending on the circumstances surrounding your matter. Also, keep in mind that in matters that involve doctors and hospitals, these parties will often have legal representation.

We always recommend seeking legal advice so you know what to do and to ensure that your rights are protected. Even if you don’t require legal representation in your matter, consulting an expert lawyer before your coronial inquest can help you proceed more confidently in your hearing.


What is a Coronial Inquest?

A coronial inquest or coronial hearing is a public hearing that examines a person’s death to determine its medical cause and the circumstances around it.

In matters where the death of a person comes under scrutiny, a coronial inquest is ordered to investigate.

A coronial inquest is also required in the following circumstances:

  • When someone has died in custody
  • The death was the result of a police operation
  • The death occurred while the person was under care (e.g. in a residential care facility, mental health facility)
  • The death was healthcare-related
  • The deceased person is unidentified
  • Violent or unnatural deaths
  • Deaths where a death certificate has not been issued or will likely not be issued

Coronial hearings are presided by a Magistrate, and witnesses and persons of interest are called to give evidence. This is a courtroom situation where the rules of law apply.

In Queensland, coronial inquests are governed by the Coroners Act 2003.

How Lawler Magill Can Help

A coronial hearing can be a daunting experience where legal advice and support is a necessity. Coronial hearings and inquests can be complicated matters, and it’s important to know what to do and what to say to avoid incriminating yourself.

Lawler Magill has vast experience in attending such hearings. Our principal, Neil Lawler, has been involved in the Cameron Doomadgee inquests and hearings, and he has a vast knowledge of the intricacies involved in these types of proceedings.

Also, as seen in the Daniel Morcombe case, an inquest can often lead to criminal charges being laid. It is therefore essential that anybody who is involved in any such inquests seek legal advice as soon as possible.

If you are involved in a coronial hearing in Brisbane, you may be entitled to be represented. Call 07 3236 5656 or book an appointment to get expert legal advice from our coronial inquest lawyer.

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