The Coroner has a legal responsibility to investigate the death. This means that until the body is released for the funeral, the Coroner is in charge of the body. As a result the family may feel isolated and the uncertainty can be hard to cope with. However, the Coroner's staff are available to deal with any concerns you have and every effort will be made to keep you informed.
Every case is individual and different. The investigation may take some time and the Coroner's staff will be in touch with you as soon as there is something to report. The information on this website is designed to answer many of your questions. If you have further queries, feel free to ring the Coroner's office. Coroner's Contact Details.
In an emergency you can ring the Coronial Investigation Unit (24 hours) if the death occurred in the metropolital area, or a Coronial Counsellor between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm regardless of whether the death occurred in Perth or in the country. Coroner's Contact Details.
Often the funeral director gives the Coroner's staff the name of a particular family member as the 'next of kin'. The Coroner's staff will then list this person on their file as their contact person. Nevertheless, any family member can ring the Coroner's office to find out what is happening and ask to be kept informed. Coroner's Contact Details.