27 Jun 2013

Speedier inquests proposed

5:50 pm on 27 June 2013

The Government is proposing changes to the Coroners Act to speed up coronial inquests, improve public safety and reduce unnecessary deaths.

Courts Minister Chester Borrows said the proposed changes will require coroners to focus on what can be learnt from specific cases, finish inquiries faster, and involve other agencies in the process.

A bill with the changes will be introduced to Parliament later this year.

Mr Borrows told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme on Thursday any agency involved in a death will be asked to work alongside the coroner as he investigates to ensure findings are produced more quickly and changes are implemented.

However, Chief Coroner Neil McLean said he is disappointed the proposals do not include a mandatory response to coroners' recommendations.