On these pages, you'll find information about the coronial process for the Christchurch masjid attacks of 15 March 2019.

There is information to help you understand what to expect from the coronial process and answer questions you may have. You can also access related documents here, like the Royal Commission of Inquiry report.

These pages will be updated with more information in the coming weeks and months, so please be sure to check back in regularly.

If the information you're looking for isn't on this page, or if you have any other questions, please contact Coronial Services by emailing coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or phoning 0800 88 88 20. If you're representing a media organisation, please email your queries to media@justice.govt.nz.

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Latest updates

2 December 2021

Coroner Windley has released a Minute on the next steps in determining the scope of the coronial inquiry

The Minute sets down a revised schedule of dates for submissions and the hearing on scope. The Minute will be available on the website shortly.

The hearing on the scope of inquiry has been rescheduled to 22-24 February 2022

At the request of several interested parties, Coroner Windley has decided to reschedule the hearing on the scope of the inquiry. The hearing will now be held on 22-24 February 2022.

People can register to attend or watch the February hearing by filling in the form at https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/comms/1a09bc2b(external link) Registration forms must be completed by 23 December 2021.

If you have already registered to attend or watch the hearing that was scheduled for 14 and 15 December, you do not have to register again.

Due date for submissions extended to 4 February 2022

Written submissions on inquiry scope are now due on 4 February 2022.

More information on making submissions, is available on the coronial inquiry page.

16 November 2021

New report produced

A new report titled “Analysis of the Medical Response to the Mass Homicide of 15 March 2019” by Dr Hick has been produced. Dr Hick is an expert supporting the Coroner. You can find out more about Dr Hick and how to access the report on the people supporting the coronial process webpage.

11 November 2021

Legal aid is now available for parties to the coronial inquiry

Parties to the coronial inquiry can now apply for legal aid. Legal aid is available for all interested parties except organisations. More information on accessing legal aid is available on the legal aid page.

Archived Updates

24 November 2021

Extension of due date for submissions and 14 -15 December hearing on scope of the inquiry postponed to 2022.

At the request of some interested parties, the due date for making written submissions will be extended and the hearing on the scope of the inquiry will be postponed to new dates in early 2022. This means written submissions are no longer required to be filed by Friday 26 November 2021 and the hearing previously scheduled for 14-15 December 2021 will not proceed.

More information about the new submission and hearing dates will follow once confirmed.

11 November

You can now register to attend or watch the 14-15 December hearing

Those wanting to attend the hearing in person or watch it online, must register by 22 November 2021. A link to the registration form has now been sent out to all interested parties.

Submissions on the scope of inquiry are due by 26 November 2021

Submissions regarding Judge Marshall’s minute as to the scope of inquiry are due by 26 November 2021. Those wishing to do an oral submission must inform the Coroner’s Office and submit a written outline by the 26 November 2021. More information on making a submission are available on the coronial inquiry page.

28 October 2021

Chief Coroner releases Minute on the scope of inquiry

The Chief Coroner has reviewed the unresolved issues that have been raised by victims, families, and other interested parties and has released a Minute setting out what issues may be looked into as part of the coronial inquiry. The coroner will consider the views of victims, families, and other interested parties before a final decision on the scope of inquiry is made.

Court hearing to be held on 14 and 15 December 2021 to decide on the scope of inquiry

Coroner Windley will hold a court hearing on the 14 and 15 December 2021 to consider the submissions made with regard to the Minute on the scope of inquiry. After this hearing, Coroner Windley will make a final decision on the scope of the inquiry.

Information about the Minute and hearing

20 October 2021

Inquiry opened into the Christchurch masjid attacks

The Chief Coroner has formally opened an inquiry into the 2019 Christchurch masjid attacks. In making this decision, the Chief Coroner considered questions and concerns raised by families of the Shaheed, victims and other interested parties, and what was resolved by the prosecution process and the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

Coroner Windley to replace Judge Marshall as the coroner in charge

On 8 July the Chief Coroner announced her upcoming retirement. Coroner Brigitte Windley will replace Judge Deborah Marshall as the coroner assigned to the masjid attacks investigation. Judge Marshall will continue to work on the investigation until Coroner Windley takes over.

17 September 2021

New lawyer added to the list of funded lawyers

Aarif Rasheed has been nominated by some families of the Shaheed to provide legal support to families through the coronial process. Aarif joins Joshua Shaw, Hanne Janes, Anne Toohey, Nigel Hampton QC and Kathryn Dalziel on the list of funded lawyers.

Information about legal aid

10 September 2021

The deadline for submissions has now closed

The deadline has now passed for families of the Shaheed and interested parties to tell the Chief Coroner about any outstanding issues or concerns which they consider haven’t yet been resolved.

The Chief Coroner is now deciding what the next steps will be and if an inquiry is needed.

Information about the coronial process

19 August 2021

Information now due to Chief Coroner by Thursday 9 September 2021

The Chief Coroner has extended the deadline for families of the Shaheed and interested parties to tell her about issues or concerns that they consider haven’t been resolved by the prosecution process or the Royal Commission of Inquiry report. The new deadline is Thursday 9 September 2021. The Chief Coroner will consider the information provided by families and interested parties when she decides if an inquiry into the Masjid attacks is needed.

Information about the coronial process

13 July 2021

Information due to Chief Coroner by Wednesday 18 August 2021

The Chief Coroner is asking families of the Shaheed, victims of gunshot wounds and other interested parties to tell her about issues or concerns which they consider have not been resolved by the prosecution process or the Royal Commission of Inquiry report by Wednesday 18 August 2021. This will help inform the Chief Coroner’s decision on whether an inquiry into the Masjid attacks needs to be opened.

Information about the coronial process

Two new lawyers added to the list of funded lawyers

Nigel Hampton QC and Kathryn Dalziel have been nominated by some families of the Shaheed to provide legal support to families through the coronial process. Nigel and Kathryn are joining Joshua Shaw, Hanne Janes and Anne Toohey on the list of funded lawyers.

Information about legal aid

13 July 2021

Media release from the Office of the Chief Coroner

A deadline has now been set for submissions to the coronial investigation into the Christchurch masjid (mosque) attacks.

Read the media release [PDF, 138 KB].

8 July 2021

Media release from the Office of the Chief Coroner

Judge Deborah Marshall has announced she is retiring from her role as Chief Coroner. The Attorney-General has been given notice, and Judge Marshall will leave the role in early 2022 (date to be determined) after seven years leading the Coroners Court.

Read the media release [PDF, 135 KB].

21 June 2021

Frequently asked questions about interested parties for the coronial process

We've added answers to frequently asked questions about interested parties for the coronial process.

Frequently asked questions

Language translations of frequently asked questions about interested parties for the coronial process

We've added language translations for answers to frequently asked questions about interested parties for the coronial process. See our Language and translation support page.

8 April 2021

Legal support is available

The Ministry of Justice has made available some funded lawyers to provide legal support for the families of the Shaheed.

Language translations of frequently asked questions about the funded lawyers

We've added language translations for the answers to a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for families of the Shaheed about the funded lawyers. See our Language and translation support page.

Information is being shared with families

On 14 December 2020, the Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall wrote to the families of the 51 victims who died in the masjid attacks.

Families were offered two sets of information: One set with a general level of detail and another set with more specific information about how a particular person died. 

The information was sent to families in February 2021. They are now able to write to Judge Marshall and request further details, or to raise issues that fall within the coronial jurisdiction and which families consider are not resolved by the prosecution process or the Royal Commission of Inquiry report.

Some of these documents are available on our Documents relevant to the coronial inquiry page.

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