Delivering independent, family-centred, and timely investigations

Providing answers to families and informing the community about death prevention to advance public health and safety


The Coroners Court of Queensland (CCQ) is part of the wider Queensland Courts Service, under the Justice Services division of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

The CCQ investigates over 6,000 deaths each year. Once a death is reported, the process of investigating the circumstances of the death to determine what happened commences. This may involve an autopsy or some form of post mortem examination, and in some cases, an inquest.

Use the navigation menus above or search the site to learn about:

  • The steps in a coronial investigation
  • The role of a witness in an inquest
  • Reportable deaths
  • Death certificates
  • Recommendations made following inquest to prevent similar deaths occurring
  • Findings information
  • Types of autopsies and testing and what to do if you have concerns about, tissue and organ donation, sperm retrieval, body release for funeral and the autopsy report (medical examinations)