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When someone dies suddenly

Dealing with a sudden death can be very hard. We want to help as much as we can. This booklet will give you a general idea of what you can expect to happen when a death is referred to a coroner.

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Sudden Death - Coronial Process

A coroner is like a judge. They’re a qualified lawyer appointed as a judicial officer to look into unexpected, violent or suspicious deaths to find out what happened.


They may order a post mortem and they’ll decide if there should be an inquiry into the death. Coroners don’t hold trials and they don’t blame people or punish them.

A guide to coronial services in New Zealand

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