Minute on the scope of the inquiry FAQs

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On this page, you'll find answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the release of the Minute on the scope of the inquiry into the 2019 masjid attacks.

About the release of the Minute on the scope of the inquiry

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.

What is a Minute?

An official statement of a judge or coroner. It may be an order to do something, a summary of something that has happened in court, or a decision that has been made.  

What is an inquest?

In the course of a coronial inquiry, if the coroner needs to hear from witnesses in person, they’ll hold a hearing in court, which is called an inquest. Families of the person who has died, interested parties, and sometimes members of the public, may attend an inquest.

What is a hearing?

A legal proceeding where an issue of law or fact is debated and the parties present evidence and submissions to the court.

What does ‘scope of inquiry’ mean?

These are the issues that will be investigated by the coroner in the inquiry.

The Minute mentions that a court hearing will take place in December 2021. Is this an inquest?


This is a preliminary court hearing being held to hear the families’ and interested parties’ views about the proposed scope of the inquiry. In this hearing, your lawyer (if you have one) or you can make submissions in writing or in person, to tell the judge your view.

Please note this hearing has been postponed to 22-24 February 2022.

How can I get help understanding the Minute and what it means? 

Please talk to your lawyer if you have one. They will be able to help you and explain what the Minute means for you.

If you are a family member of a Shaheed, or a victim of a gunshot wound, and you have not appointed a lawyer yet, you can still get help from the lawyers through legal aid. Information about how to get help from a lawyer is available from on the Legal Aid page.

Alternatively, you can contact the Coroner’s Office on coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or call 0800 88 88 20. The coronial office staff can help. We have interpreter assistance available if you would like it.

What is a ‘submission’?

An argument that is presented to court. It can be written or oral (spoken).

How do I make a submission to the hearing?

If you have appointed a lawyer, they can make a submission on your behalf. If you do not have a lawyer, you can make a submission yourself. You can make submissions in writing, or in person at the hearing.

More information on making a submission will be available soon. 

Will I be able to attend the hearing?

We are currently planning the logistical details for the hearing. We will let you know as soon as these are decided.

What if I am not able to attend the hearing? Can I still make a submission?

Yes. You can make a submission in writing before the hearing.