Some deaths must be reported to the coroner for further investigation and to prevent future deaths in similar circumstances.
A death may be reported to the coroner in the following circumstances:
The State Coroner has a duty to investigate and determine a cause of death for reportable deaths which happen in NSW. For more information, see NSW Coroners Court.
The coronial investigation period can delay the process of arranging a funeral. If there is a coronial investigation, the hospital has a responsibility to store the deceased's body in a morgue until the coroner issues an order for burial.
The body may be released for burial or cremation once an investigation is completed, and a cause of death is determined, or it may be released before the coronial inquest is complete. Once the body is released, the executor or next of kin make funeral arrangements.