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Legislation relating to coroner

How to access Acts, regulations, rules, and other supporting material about the law in Victoria.

Coroners Act 2008 (Vic)

This applies from 1 November 2009. The Act establishes a specialist coronial court that will be headed by a judge from the County Court. This court has inquisitorial powers, allowing the judge to take a more active 'problem solving role'. The Act sets out the role of the coroner as being to investigate deaths that are 'reportable', to hold inquests and to investigate fires.

See Coroners Act 2008 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 (Vic)

These Rules apply to every civil proceeding in the Supreme Court and include their application, non-compliance, court process, service, appearance, pleadings, representation and summary of judgment.

See Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985 (Vic)

The name of this Act changed on 9 November 2009 when the new Coroner's Act 2009 was proclaimed. The sections that formerly dealt with the office of the Coroner have been repealed and the Act now only governs the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

The purpose of the Act is now to establish the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. It sets out the functions and powers of the institute and provides rules for the appointm ent of staff.

See Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Coroners Regulations 2019 (Vic)

These Regulations set out who the responsible person is to report a death where a person dies in custody, who is authorised to assist in the removal of human tissue. It also sets out the information to be provided:

  • when a coroner decides that a reported death is not a reportable one
  • when coroner decides that a reportable death does not required investigation
  • on the coronial process.

Prescribed fees and form templates are also listed.

See Coroners Regulations 2019 (Vic)(opens in a new window).(opens in a new window)

Coroners Court Rules 2019 (Vic)

These rules, made by the State Coroner, set out the rules for the practice and procedures of the Coroners Court. It includes a list of the pres cribed forms.

See Coroners Court Rules 2019 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Country Fire Authority Act 1958 (Vic)

This Act authorises the establishment of the Country Fire Authority and regulates the control of fires in Victoria. It empowers authorised members to search premises where a fire has happened to try to determine the cause of a fire.

See Country Fire Authority Act 1958 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985 (Vic)

The name of this Act changed on 9 November 2009 when the new Coroner's Act 2009 was proclaimed. The sections that formerly dealt with the office of the Coroner have been repealed and the Act now only governs the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

The purpose of the Act is now to establish the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. It sets out the functions and powers of the institute and provides rules for the appointm ent of staff.

See Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

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