31 Jul 2012

Coroners under review

4:55 pm on 31 July 2012

New Zealand's system for investigating deaths is to be reviewed.

The Government has announced an inquiry to look into improving the timeliness and efficiency of coroners' work.

Courts Minister Chester Borrows says the Ministry of Justice review will look at ways to improve the quality and consistency of coroner's investigations and decision-making.

The review will also consider the type of recommendations coroners can make, and whether certain agencies should be compelled to respond.

Mr Borrows says the review will report back by the end of the year, and changes will go before the Cabinet early next year.

It is only six years since the existing Coroners Act was put in place.