This series contains records relating to inquests held by the Coroners Court. The function of the Coroner is to investigate certain categories of death with a view to making findings about the identity of the deceased, when and where they died, how they died and the medical cause of death including in some cases the holding of an inquest. Also included are records relating to investigations into deaths where no inquest is held.
The Coroner also exercises inquisitorial jurisdiction with respect to missing persons and fires. In the latter case, inquests are held to determine the origin of the fire whereby any property of any kind has been lost, destroyed or endangered, or whereby any life has been lost or endangered.
Included in these files are: post mortem examination reports, which provide the name of the deceased, date of death, place of death, cause/s of death, date of post mortem and name of the doctor who conducted the post mortem, Coroners' decisions on whether an inquest should be held, Coroners' Inquisitions (Death Inquests), which provide the name and personal details of the deceased, names of witnesses examined, when, where and how the deceased came by their death, any committals, date and place of inquest and the name of the Coroner, inquest exhibits (eg. photographs and maps), inquest witness statements and related correspondence (eg. administrative, workers' compensation, insurance, criminal proceedings).
In cases where, following a preliminary hearing, the court is satisfied that no suspicious or punishable circumstances surround the case, a decision is made that an inquest is unnecessary (No Inquests). Although prior to 1980, 'No Inquests' were filed separately from the inquest files, a number of these files may appear throughout this series. The controlling indexes to this series indicate whether there was an Inquest or a No Inquest.