This division is a specialist court that conducts inquests and investigations into certain deaths ('reportable deaths') and incidents (including fires and explosions) regardless of whether a death occurred.
The coroner must find, if possible:
- the identity of the deceased person
- how the death occurred
- the cause of death
- when and where death occurred
- the details needed to register the death with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
The coroner may comment and make recommendations about public health or safety, or the administration of justice, to help prevent similar deaths and incidents from happening again.