The Federation Press

The Inquest Handbook

Overview

The book explains the role and objectives of the inquest. It highlights the forms of investigations in several types of fatal accident and gives guidance about the central legal issues and matters of case preparation and presentation.

Starting with chapters on the law and the lawyer’s preparation, it then discusses what the police do and why, the place of the autopsy, coroner’s enquiries and recommendations, and the reasons for and extent of media interest. It covers the forms of investigations in road accidents, natural disasters, drug overdoses, medical or surgical mishaps, pathology and sudden unexpected infant death. It emphasises that inquests are collaborative ventures, often multi-disciplinary events and multi-party, too.

Derrick W Hand, New South Wales State Coroner, recommends the book:“The Inquest Handbook is of great importance because it contains up-to-date, comprehensive information by persons considered expert in their field. Not only will it help those working in the coronial jurisdiction, it will also help others to understand the coronial process.”

Table of Contents

Introduction
Hugh Selby

Inquest law
Ian Freckelton

The police role in coronial inquiries
Stephen Bills

Preparing for the complex coronial inquiry
Clive Alsop

Coroner’s inquiries and recommendations
Graeme Johnstone

The media and inquests
Jack Waterford

The national coronial information system
Jerry Moller

Road crashes
George Rechnitzer

The autopsy
David Ranson

Adverse drug reactions
Olaf Drummer

Sudden unexpected infant death
Glen Clarke and Frank Potts

An investigation into serial deaths during oral surgery
Jan Davies and Linda Campbell

Risk profiling in disaster management methodology
John Salter

Coroners’ recommendations following deaths in custody
Boronia Halstead

Learning from experience: towards prevention
James Harrison and Jerry Moller

Of interest...