Coronial inquiries

Our coronial law team has been involved in a large number of complex and high profile coronial cases for the past two decades.

Our lawyers represent clients such as dentists, public and private schools, hospitals, hotels, child care operators, custodial staff, nurses, pharmacists, not-for-profit care centres and a range of government departments at inquest hearings.

We are retained early to investigate the circumstances surrounding a death and to guide clients through the process, keeping them informed and providing strategic advice while collating relevant information, opinion and statements.

Our experienced lawyers inform clients at the earliest stage on the likely outcome and potential consequences flowing from a coronial investigation – this enables clients to make an informed decision about important issues such as claims for privilege of documents and self-incrimination.

In recognition of our experience, in 2009, Meridian Lawyers was one of only three firms appointed to the Victorian Government Legal Panel in the Coronial Inquests area. This was a 5 year appointment servicing all Victorian Government departments and organisations such as VicRoads.

We have been instructed, on many occasions, to assist the Coroner with his/her investigations where the Victoria Police have been involved and are perceived to be conflicted. This experience provides valuable insight into the Coronial process.

How our clients benefit

Our experienced lawyers provide advice on the likely finding and whether there are any changes that are appropriate to make in advance, to further the chance of avoiding an unfavourable finding. The personal style of our lawyers will ensure you feel informed and supported throughout the process.

  • Changes proposed to end mandatory inquests into deaths in custody

    The Victorian Government has introduced a Bill proposing to no longer require mandatory inquests into deaths in custody, if the Coroner ‘considers that the death was due to natural causes’. Deaths in custody will however still be subject to investigation by the Coroner’s Court of Victoria. Under the current version…

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