Interested parties FAQs

On this page, you'll find answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about interested parties for the masjid attacks coronial process.

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These FAQs have been updated 12 August 2021.

About interested parties

What is an interested party?

Under the Coroners Act 2006, the immediate family of someone who has died has the right to be kept informed and be involved in certain decisions relating to a coronial investigation.

Interested parties can be other people or organisations that the coroner considers also have a particular interest in the death. Their interest needs to be more than, or different to, a member of the general public.

If I become an interested party to the 2019 Christchurch masjid attacks coronial inquiry, what will happen?

If you become an interested party to the inquiry, you can request further details about the masjid attacks about issues or concerns that you consider haven’t been resolved by the court process or the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

Any request for information and the issues and concerns need to fall within the coronial jurisdiction. To find out more about the Coroners Court, you can visit the Coronial Services website pages at Coronial Services/About.

The Coroner will formally notify all interested parties of any significant matters during her inquiry and whether an inquest will be held.

Later in the process, if an inquest hearing is to be held, interested parties will be notified of the date, time and location. Interested parties may have the chance to be involved in any inquest.

Can I find out what’s happening in the coronial investigation even if I’m not registered as an interested party?

Yes. You can find out what’s happening by visiting the Masjid attacks website pages at Masjid attacks coronial process. The pages will be regularly updated during the process.

Can I have legal support from a panel lawyer if I register as an interested party?

At this stage, the services of the lawyers being funded by the Ministry of Justice have been prioritised for the families of the Shaheed.

If you received gunshot wounds in the attacks and would like access to this legal support, please contact the Coronial office by emailing coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or calling 0800 88 88 20. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Registering as an interested party

If I’m a family member of the Shaheed and the Coroner is already in contact with me, do I need to register to become an interested party?

No, you don’t need to register.

What happens if I’m a member of a Shaheed family and I’m also a bullet-injured victim? Should I register as an interested party?

No. If the Coroner is already in contact with you, you don’t need to register as an interested party.

How do I become an interested party to the masjid attacks coronial inquiry?

This depends on your circumstances:

  • If you’re a family member of the Shaheed and the Chief Coroner is already in contact with you, you don’t need to register as an interested party.
  • If you’re a victim, or parents of a victim, of gunshot wounds from the attack, you can register as an interested party by emailing Coronial Services at coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or phoning 0800 88 88 20. Your lawyer can do this on your behalf.

For other individuals and for organisations to become an interested party, you need to apply. The Coroner will consider your application and let you know the outcome.

Please check the masjid attacks website pages at Masjid attacks coronial process for how to apply.

Can I apply to be an interested party at any stage of the process?

Yes. If you want to apply to be an interested party, we recommend you do so as soon as possible.

If your application is successful, this will give you time to request information from the Coroner and tell her about issues or concerns that you consider haven’t been resolved by the prosecution process or the Royal Commission of Inquiry report. This process is already under way for the families of the Shaheed.

Please check the Masjid attacks website pages at Masjid attacks coronial process for how to apply.

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Registering as a group

There’s a big group of us who want to become interested parties. If we want to, can we apply as a group?

Yes, you can. You just need to agree among yourselves on a representative for the group. Then that person can apply to become an interested party on your group’s behalf. When your representative applies, they should explain:

  • that they represent the group
  • the group’s interest in the coronial investigation.

The Coroner will consider the representative’s application and let them know the outcome. Please check the masjid attacks website pages at Masjid attacks coronial process for how to apply.

What about if a group is made up of bullet-injured people? Can we register as a group?

Yes, you can. Each person just needs to let the Coronial Services know who their representative is. You can email coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or phone 0800 88 88 20.

Then the representative can become the person to receive interested party correspondence from the Coroner on behalf of all bullet-injured people who have nominated them.

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