Funding for legal support for victims is usually not available in the early stage of a coronial process. However, given the unique circumstances of this case, the Ministry has decided to fund a small panel of lawyers to provide advice and support with legal matters during the Chief Coroner’s investigation into the masjid attacks. The Ministry will pay for these lawyers and they will be free for you to use. You can choose which panel lawyer you want to use.
At this stage, these lawyers have been prioritised for the families of the Shaheed. However, the Ministry recognises that other victims may also need advice and may want access to lawyers. If you are not a family member of the Shaheed, but would like to access this support, please get in touch with the Office of the Chief Coroner by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (09) 916 9151. These requests will be considered on a case by case basis.
Lawyers confirmed to assist
The Ministry has already chosen three lawyers to be on the panel - they are Hanne Janes, Joshua Shaw and Anne Toohey.
Hanne, Joshua and Anne have a lot of experience working in the Coroners Court. They’ll be able to answer any questions you have about the coronial process and help you take part in the process by providing legal advice, assistance and representation if you need it.
Hanne, Joshua and Anne will soon be available to answer any questions you may have. More information about this will be available shortly. In the meantime, you can find information about Hanne, Joshua and Anne, including how to contact them, on our website at:
If you'd prefer to use a different lawyer
If you’d prefer a different lawyer from the three lawyers chosen by the Ministry, there are a small number of spaces available on the panel for lawyers to be nominated by the families of the Shaheed. If you know a lawyer you’d like to use who isn’t already on the panel, you can ask them whether they would like to apply to be part of the panel of lawyers.
To do this, you will need to:
- talk to your preferred lawyer and ask them if they would be interested in being on the panel of lawyers
- fill out and sign the Nomination form you received with your letter, with the help of your preferred lawyer.
If your preferred lawyer confirms they are interested in being part of the panel of lawyers, they will need to:
- fill out the Expression of Interest form, which can be downloaded at:
- send their Expression of Interest form, along with your Nomination form, to email@example.com by Monday 24 May 2021.
What happens next?
The Ministry will consider the Expressions of Interest to decide whether to include them on the panel of lawyers.
When considering the Expressions of Interest, the Ministry will look at the Nomination forms to understand why families would like to use the lawyer. The Ministry will also consider other factors, like what experience each lawyer has and their availability.
It's important to remember that there are limited spaces on the panel - not every lawyer who sends in an Expression of Interest will be selected.
If your preferred lawyer expresses their interest but is not selected for the panel:
- You can choose to use one of the lawyers on the panel; or
- You can still use your preferred lawyer. However, the Ministry will not be able to pay for their service.
Finding out more about the lawyers panel
The Ministry has prepared answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Ministry-funded panel of lawyers. You can find these FAQs on the Ministry website at:
Translations of these FAQs are also available on our Ministry website at:
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