Opening a coronial inquiry FAQs

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

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About the coronial inquiry

What does ‘the Chief Coroner has now formally opened a coronial inquiry’ mean?

It means the Chief Coroner has decided there are matters relating to the deaths from the masjid attacks that haven’t been resolved by the criminal proceedings and the Royal Commission of Inquiry. Opening an inquiry allows more detailed investigation into the causes and circumstances of the deaths. 

What is an inquiry?

A coroner holds an inquiry to find out more about where, when and how a person died. An inquiry also helps the coroner to make recommendations or comments that might prevent a similar death happening in the future.

Does an inquiry automatically mean there will be an inquest?

No. The coroner decides whether an inquest is required as a part of conducting their inquiry.

Who can be involved in an inquiry?

Any family members of the Shaheed, legal representatives, and people the coroner has recognised as interested parties to the coronial investigation can be involved in an inquiry.

For more information on how to apply to be an interested party to the masjid attacks coronial investigation, please visit the interested parties page.

What are the next steps in the inquiry?

The coroner is currently considering next steps for the inquiry. You can stay up to date on these decisions by visiting the coronial process page.