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The coronial system in Queensland : the effects of new legislation on decision making

Carpenter, Belinda J., Barnes, Michael, Adkins, Glenda, Naylor, Charles, Tait, Gordon W., & Begum, Nelufa (2008) The coronial system in Queensland : the effects of new legislation on decision making. Journal of Law and Medicine, 16(3), pp. 458-465.

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    The purpose of this article is to detail research completed in 2007 which investigated the way in which coroners made decisions in a death investigation, with a particular focus on their autopsy decision-making. The data were gathered during the first year of operation of a new Coroners Act in Queensland, Australia, which required a greater amount of information to be gathered at the scene by police, and this included a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the death, including statements from witnesses, friends and family, as well as evidence-gathering at the scene. This article addresses the outcomes of that increased information on coronial decision-making in three ways: first, whether or not the greater amount of information offered to coroners enabled them to be less reliant on full internal autopsies to establish cause of death; secondly, whether certain factors were more influential in decision-making; and thirdly, whether the information gathered at the scene negates the need for full internal autopsies in many situations, irrespective of the decision-making by coroners.

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    ID Code: 20218
    Item Type: Journal Article
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    Keywords: coroners, autopsy, death
    ISSN: 1320-159X
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Current > Schools > School of Justice
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Thomson Law Book Co.
    Deposited On: 30 Apr 2009 10:30
    Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 08:53

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