When a death is referred to the coroner
A death may be referred to the coroner in NSW for a number of reasons. Find out what to expect and how this may impact funeral arrangements.
About the process
A death will be referred to the coroner if it's:
- violent, or
- the cause of death is unusual or unclear.
When a death is referred to the coroner, it can sometimes delay the funeral. The length of the delay will depend on if there is:
- a post-mortem (autopsy)
- a police investigation
- a coronial inquiry.
Learn more what happens when a death is referred to a coroner at the Coroner’s Court.
Arranging a funeral
At this time, the family or friends may begin arranging the funeral. If using a funeral director, they should be told that the coroner is involved.
Family should not set a date for the funeral until they receive confirmation from the coroner as to when the deceased will be released from their care.