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Investigating suspected suicides: New Zealand coroners’ experiences


Jenkins, G and Canty, J and Ernst, S and Collings, S, Investigating suspected suicides: New Zealand coroners' experiences, Death Studies pp. 1-9. ISSN 0748-1187 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07481187.2019.1699205


To understand how suspected suicides are investigated in New Zealand we conducted a thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with coroners. Coroners identified the inquisitorial nature of the coronial system and coroners’ wide powers of jurisdiction as key strengths of the system. Important influences in key areas of coronial decision making in cases of suspected suicides included; the need for more evidence – especially to determine intent, and family factors, including therapeutic jurisprudence. Coroners identified lack of follow up and monitoring of recommendations, poorly resourced coronial training and the personal impact of suicides as challenges of working in the coronial system.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:coroner, suicide investigations, New Zealand, coronial system
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Legal systems
Research Field:Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Legal processes
UTAS Author:Canty, J (Dr Justin Canty)
ID Code:136290
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-12-12
Last Modified:2021-01-04

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