Individual case files

You might be able to request information from individual coronial case files.

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All findings are publicly available:

How to request information

Cases the coroner is still investigating

If a case is still being investigated by the coroner, contact the Coronial Services Office responsible for the case.

If you don’t know if the case is active or which office is responsible, email coronial.information@justice.govt.nz or phone 04 918 8332.

Closed cases – deaths that happened more than 50 years ago

Coronial case files that are older than 50 years are held at Archives New Zealand.

Or contact Archives New Zealand at research.archives@dia.govt.nz or 04 499 5595.

Closed cases – deaths that happened less than 50 years ago

If a coroner has finished their investigation and the case has been closed, you should check what information you can request and the forms you need.

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What information you can request

Due to the personal and sensitive nature of information in a coronial case file, we may not be able to give you all the information you’re requesting.

The following people can ask for information held in coronial case files:

  • immediate family of the person who died
  • any member of the public
  • media
  • researchers & government agencies.

Family

The immediate family of the person who died can ask for information such as medical reports, patient notes, the post-mortem report, toxicology report, suicide notes, and photos.

  1. Fill in the following 2 forms:
    Request for coronial information – documents required (IRF-2) [PDF, 359 KB]
    Request for coronial information – validation of identity and relationship (IRF-4) [PDF, 388 KB]
  2. Attach proof of your identity and your relationship to the person who died.
  3. Check you’ve filled in all the fields.
  4. Email or post the form to us

Public

Members of the public who aren’t immediate family of the person who died can ask for coroner’s findings, witness statements and depositions. They can access medical information if an immediate family member or a representative of the person who died says they can.

  1. Fill in: Request for coronial information – documents required (IRF-2) [PDF, 359 KB]
  2. If you want to ask for the medical information held on the file, fill in:
    Request for coronial information – authorisation to access information (IRF-3) [PDF, 317 KB]
    Get an immediate family member or a representative of the person who died to sign the form, authorising you to access this information.
  3. Check you’ve filled in all the fields.
  4. Email or post the forms to us

Media

If you want information about a coronial case, please contact the Coroners Court media liaison

Researchers & government agencies

Researchers and government agencies may be able to use the Australasian National Coroners Information System (NCIS). The NCIS is an online data storage and retrieval system for coronial cases since 1 July 2007.

If you can’t find the information on the NCIS or the data is from before 1 July 2007, email Coronial.Information@justice.govt.nz

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Timeframes & costs

We aim to respond to your request as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after we receive it. If we can’t meet this timeframe, we’ll let you know as soon as we can and tell you why.

There may be some fees to copy documents. We will discuss any fees with you first.

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