Coronial Inquiry

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.

The Chief Coroner has formally opened an inquiry into the 2019 Christchurch masjid attacks. This page tells you what this means and how you can be involved.

The Chief Coroner releases a Minute on the scope of the inquiry

The Chief Coroner has reviewed the unresolved issues raised by families of the Shaheed and other interested parties, and has released a Minute setting out what issues may be looked into as part of the coronial inquiry.

The Minute is a starting point to decide which issues to look into. No final decision has yet been made. Families of the Shaheed and other interested parties will have the opportunity to express their views about this by making a submission. Submissions can be made by an individual or organisation that is party to the inquiry, or through their lawyer.

A set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and a video explanation from Judge Marshall is also available to help with understanding the Minute and the Aid to the Minute.

Read the Minute on the scope of the coronial inquiry [PDF, 720 KB]

Read the Aid to Minute of Judge Marshall on the scope of the coronial inquiry [PDF, 66 KB]

Watch the video of Judge Marshall explaining the Minute below (please note this video still contains old hearing dates and is in the process of being edited):

The Minute is an important, but complex legal document. It is best understood with the support of a lawyer or legal professional.

If you are a party to the inquiry, and do not have a lawyer, the coronial Services staff can help you understand the process. Please email coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or call 0800 88 88 20. Interpreter support is available if you would like it.

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Hearing to be held on scope of the inquiry postponed to 2022

In 2022, Coroner Windley will hold a court hearing on 22-24 February 2022 to consider submissions on the scope of the inquiry. This will not be an inquest hearing.

Coroner Windley will make a final decision on the scope of the inquiry after the hearing.

See the frequently asked questions for more information about attending and being involved in the hearing. Further details will be available closer to the hearing date.

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Making a submission

Interested parties can make submissions ahead of the 22-24 February 2022 hearing on the proposed scope of the inquiry.

The submission deadline has now been extended to 4 February 2022.

A submission can be written or orally given during the hearing. Written submissions must be sent to coronial.response@justice.govt.nz by 4 February 2022. If you wish to make an oral submission at the hearing, you still need to let us know and provide a written outline of the submission by 4 February 2022.

If you have a lawyer, it is recommended that you ask your lawyer to make submissions on your behalf.

Watch the video of Coroner Windley explaining the submission process below (please note this video still contains old hearing dates and is in the process of being edited):

More information about making a submission is available on the frequently asked questions page.

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