Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Coroners Bill introduced

30 November 2004

Coroners Bill introduced

Associate Justice Minister today introduced a new Coroners Bill into Parliament.

The bill sets out a new, more effective coronial system that responds better to the needs of bereaved families, Margaret Wilson said.

Key features of the bill include establishing a chief coroner to provide leadership and support to coroners, and moving to a smaller number of mostly full-time, legally qualified coroners.

"Once this bill passes, coroners will largely be employed on a full-time basis and therefore dedicated to coronial work," Margaret Wilson said. "They will be able to spend time building relationships with communities, and will travel to provincial areas, not just the main centres."

The bill takes better account of the needs of families and ensures family members are notified at significant steps of the coronial process. With the coroner’s authorisation, the family may be allowed to view, touch or remain near a body. In some circumstances families will be able to object to post-mortems, which often distress families. The introduction of transparent and uniform procedures for the retention and release of bodies and body parts will also benefit families.

Other features of the bill include enhancing inquest processes and introducing procedures and structures to manage relationships between coroners and statutory investigatory agencies.

The Coroners Bill stems from a 2000 Law Commission report that identified a numerous problems with the current coronial system. These include a lack of uniformity in coronial practices throughout New Zealand, and a perception that the coronial system does not take enough account of cultural beliefs and values.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news