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Issue 74 - Dec 2015
Book Review: The Australasian Coronerís Manual Print E-mail

book_aust_coroner.jpgAUTHORS: Hugh Dillon [1] & Marie Hadley [2]

PUBLISHER: The Federation Press

Reviewed by James McNab

Increasingly, Coroners Courts are becoming a specialist area within the Australian legal system. In Queensland, the Coroners Court is now a stand-alone Court with a State Coroner, Deputy State Coroner, Brisbane, Northern, Central and South-Eastern Coroners appointed.

It is timely that this text has been published. It provides valuable insight into and guidance concerning the Coroner’s jurisdiction.

It is a compact, yet insightful text. It comprises eight chapters ranging through issues which include jurisdiction and what are reportable deaths, grief and loss and, importantly, cross-cultural issues that arise at these particularly distressing times for the families and loved ones.

The text also covers the areas of autopsies and objections to autopsies, inquests, types of findings, common types of coronial cases and what is important for lawyers appearing in that jurisdiction in terms of advocacy.

The book also has a series of appendices, which contain sample precedents such as written Findings and letters.

The book throughout contains various checklists and tools/precedents which may assist the Coroner in decision-making.

The text is an important and valuable tool for anyone who is involved in the coronial jurisdiction. At the direct price of $90.00 from the publisher, it represents excellent value for money.

James McNab



[1] Deputy State Coroner and Magistrate in New South Wales, he is a member of the National Judicial College of Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales Law School. He is the co-author of Waller’s Coronial Law and Practice in New South Wales (fourth edition) and 2014 Churchill Fellow.

[2] A lawyer and a PhD candidate in Law at the University of New South Wales. Her research interests lie at the intersection of law and the social sciences. She teaches law and is currently a sessional tutor in contracts, litigation and remedies at Macquarie University.


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