Coronial Investigations and Inquests

When a loved one dies, the grief and trauma can be overwhelming; and the last thing you want to do is deal with the Coroner’s office.

Adviceline Injury Lawyers can help.

The Coroners Court investigates deaths that are considered ‘unexpected, unnatural or violent’ or have occurred as an outcome of an accident, injury or through a medical procedure.  The Victorian Coroner is responsible for establishing how and why a death has occurred, predominantly by way of a physical examination of the body.

In some cases the Coroner may determine a Coronial Inquest is required. This is a public hearing held in the Coroner’s Court, where interested parties (including family members) can be represented and make submissions about the circumstances of the death. Inquests occur in approximately 5% of all deaths investigated by the Coroner.

During this distressing and emotional time, our experienced and empathetic lawyers guide clients to navigate the legal and health systems to decipher what can be daunting and difficult to understand process.

Our experience

We have more than 20 years’ experience in representing parties in the Coroner’s Court and assisting clients through the coronial process.  We are currently involved in several high-profile inquests, and have acted in a large number of complex cases. 

Most notably members of our team have been involved in the inquests of Luke Batty, Kelly Thompson (family violence murders), Sarah Cafferkey (murdered by a parolee) and Maria Liordos (child who died in state care).

Our team

Paula Shelton

Bree Knoester

Michael Lombard
Paula Shelton
Special Counsel

Genna Angelowitsch
Senior Associate

Isabelle McCombe


If you require further information about Coronial Investigations or Inquests, contact us on (03) 9321 9988.

Your first appointment is free and we offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ service.


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Awards and accolades

Best Lawyers

Lawyer of the Year – Partner, Bree Knoester – Personal Injury Litigation (2020).

Leading practitioner – Partner, Bree Knoester – Personal Injury Litigation (2019-2020).

Lawyer of the Year – Partner, Michael Lombard – Personal Injury Litigation (2019).

Leading practitioner – Partner, Michael Lombard – Personal Injury Litigation (2014-2020).