Magistrates Court of Tasmania - Coronial Division

  • The Magistrates Court is an essential service and will continue to operate. However, to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some types of matters are capable of being adjourned or dealt with through the use of technology to reduce the need for physical appearances in courtrooms.
  • In order to limit the number of people who are required to attend court, the Magistrate’s Court of Tasmania Coronial Division has made some operational changes to manage upcoming listings and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on staff, judicial officers, court users and stakeholders.
  • All inquests and Case Management Conferences that were listed between 20 March 2020 and Friday 19 June inclusive are cancelled.
  • Senior next of kin, registered interested parties and lawyers who are dealing with matters with listings during that time period have been advised.  Matters will be relisted at the earliest opportunity, and relevant parties will be notified.
  • The situation will be reviewed periodically and further advice will be provided.
  • Families and interested parties should first check the Court's website for information, and if further information is required, telephone the Coronial Division on 6165 7134 (state wide).
  • The remainder of the Coronial Division’s work will proceed as normal, but with variations to take into account social distancing recommendations.
  • The bulk of the Coronial Division’s work involves investigations and, where an inquest is not required, investigations into deaths will proceed, and findings and recommendations will continue to be published.
  • The Court continues to follow State and Commonwealth Government advice and is monitoring the situation closely.

30 March 2020
Penelope Ikedife, Administrator Magistrates Court

Coroners Court

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.

The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network Data Report 2018

The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network was established in 2011 as an initiative of state and territory death review processes, and is endorsed by all state and territory Coroners and the Western Australian Ombudsman. The Network’s goals include producing national data concerning domestic and family violence related homicides in accordance with the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2009-2021. With this work the Network seeks to contribute to the formation of evidence-based policy and decision making in relation to domestic and family violence, enhancing opportunities for prevention and intervention and contributing to the enhanced safety of women and their children across Australia.

The Network has published its first report in 2018.
Download Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network Data Report 2018 (pdf, 3 MB)

Complaints about a Magistrate

If you have a complaint about the conduct of a magistrate, or delay in handing down a decision, please see the Court’s Judicial Complaints Policy (PDF, 56.3 KB)