People supporting the coronial process

If the information you're looking for isn't on this page, or if you have any other questions, please contact the Office of the Chief Coroner by emailing coronial.response@justice.govt.nz or phoning (09)916 9151.

This page tells you who's involved in working on the coronial process. We'll be adding more profiles here soon, so do check back regularly.

Chief Coroner

Judge Deborah Marshall, Chief Coroner


Judge Deborah Marshall is the Chief Coroner and was appointed to that position in February 2015. She took over from Judge Neil MacLean, who was appointed as the first Chief Coroner in February 2007.

Judge Marshall attended Auckland University, gaining a BA and LLB(Hons).

After gaining her law degree, Judge Marshall joined Meredith Connell, the Office of the Crown Solicitor in Auckland. She became a senior crown prosecutor and a partner in that firm in 2003.

During her time at Meredith Connell, Judge Marshall was involved in criminal prosecutions and was also on the medico-legal team, acting as counsel in inquests and providing advice to many health-related organisations.

After leaving Meredith Connell in 2011, Judge Marshall worked part time as general counsel for the Serious Fraud Office and was a legal advisor to Professional Conduct Committees set up by the Medical Council of New Zealand. In January 2013 she was appointed as a coroner in Auckland.

Panel lawyers

Joshua Shaw (Wynn Williams, Christchurch)

Joshua Shaw

Joshua has been a lawyer for over 16 years, since 2004. Joshua has a lot of experience in the coronial area, acting as counsel to assist the Coroner in cases involving multiple deaths, difficult medical and psychiatric issues, and cases involving many Government and other agencies.

He has appeared as lead counsel in over 140 criminal trials, with experience in cases involving serious sexual offending, child abuse, homicide and serious fraud.

Joshua also represents the New Zealand Law Society in disciplinary proceedings brought against lawyers, and Regional Councils in environmental prosecutions. He was recently appointed as counsel to represent the beneficiaries of trusts associated with the Gloriavale community, a role which required a lot of discussion with community members and leavers.

Joshua also works with people involved in relationship property disputes and Family Court proceedings about the care of children. Joshua has experience in helping individuals and families who are in challenging situations to work though the legal processes and achieve positive outcomes.

Contact Joshua:

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Hanne Janes (City Chambers, Auckland)

Hanne Janes

Hanne has been a lawyer for over 22 years, since 1996. Hanne has also been involved in Coronial investigations for over 20 years and has appeared at Coronial Inquests. This has involved representing parties engaged in coronial processes as well as being appointed Counsel Assisting the Coroner.

Hanne was Counsel Assisting the Coroner in the Inquest into the death of Christie Marceau. This case involved looking into the judicial processes for bail applications and mental health services, Police and Corrections' involvement in bail decisions, as well as the monitoring of bail conditions.

Hanne was appointed Counsel Assisting the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry in late 1999. Hanne has also acted as counsel assisting the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Abuse, as well as assisting the Abuse in Care Royal Commission.

Contact Hanne:

  • Phone: +64 27 492 5000
  • Email: hjanes@janes.co.nz
  • Post: PO Box 272, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140, New Zealand

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Anne Toohey (Canterbury Chambers, Christchurch)

Anne Toohey

Anne has been a lawyer for over 24 years, from 1996. Anne has over 21 years’ experience working in the Coronial area and has worked on many cases as counsel assisting Coroners. She has worked with families of the deceased in the inquest process, including recently on a large inquest, acting for the father of a very young child who was murdered.

Her background is in criminal and civil law with extensive experience as an advocate, particularly for victims of crime. Over the past 18 years, Anne has appeared in all New Zealand courts, including the Supreme Court.

Anne first worked in civil litigation in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Anne practised as a civil litigator and Crown Prosecutor with Raymond Donnelly & Co from 2000 until May 2011. Anne was then a Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office in Wellington until January 2013.

Contact Anne:

  • Phone: +64 21 248 0820
  • Email: anne@annetoohey.co.nz
  • Post: PO Box 9344, Tower Junction, Christchurch 8149, New Zealand

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