Coroners are governed by the provisions of the Coroners Act 1962. They are quasi-judicial officials and are independent in the conduct of their functions.
Accordingly, as Minister, I do not have control over, or responsibility for, their operations or the manner in which inquests are conducted.
Where a coroner directs a post-mortem examination, such is conducted by a registered medical practitioner and the results furnished to the coroner.
As Minister, I have no involvement for the direction of, the carrying out of or the reporting of results to the coroner of post-mortem examinations by registered medical practitioners who conduct such examinations
The avenue for seeking a review of the coroner’s decisions is a Judicial Review application.