The Coroners Court of Victoria

The Coroners Court of Victoria (CCOV) was established on 1 November 2009 with the introduction of the Coroners Act 2008 (Vic). CCOV is led by the State Coroner of Victoria.

Victorian families are at the centre of the work of CCOV – from conducting thorough investigations, providing respectful services and how court information and documents are shared.

CCOV has three roles:

  1. Independently investigating deaths and fires. Certain deaths and fires are reported to the Coroners for independent investigation. Their investigations seek to establish the facts – when, where, how and why the death or fire happened.
  2. Reducing preventable deaths. Wherever possible, the Coroner will suggest ways to prevent similar deaths or fires by making well informed and practical recommendations, based on the evidence before them.
  3. Promoting public health and safety and the administration of justice. CCOV regularly reports on data and trends regarding preventable deaths in Victoria to help inform public health responses.

While providing a rewarding and meaningful work experience, the coronial jurisdiction is a sensitive, demanding and confronting environment.  As such, those working at the court can be exposed to a range of challenging experiences, images and materials.  It is important to consider this when coming to work at the CCOV as it’s not for everybody.  CCOV has a range of programs/processes in place to ensure a safe and supportive workplace.

For more information on CCOV, please visit our website at coronerscourt.vic.gov.au

Students will work within a Coroner’s team comprising a Solicitor and Registrar, or with another senior member of the Legal Services team.  The Coroner’s Solicitor supports the Coroner in their investigation into reportable deaths and fires by providing case management and legal assistance.

During placement, students will undertake the following under supervision:

  • Legal research and analysis
  • Assist in the preparation of written legal findings for the Coroner
  • Observation of practice, discussion, and shadowing

See here for 'A Day in The Life of a Coroner's Solicitor'.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO STUDENTS: The work at the Coroners Court of Victoria may involve material that some students may find confronting.  It is important that you listen to the message from Coroner McGregor BEFORE you apply.  We also suggest you visit the website.