Media Release

23 November 2018

Pesutto: Liberal Nationals to give families broader appeal rights against coronial findings

Friday 23 November 2018

Liberal Nationals to give families broader appeal rights against coronial findings

A Liberal Nationals Government will amend the Coroner’s Act 2008 to broaden the grounds for appeal against coronial findings.

Since the law was changed in 2008 to limit appeal rights, coronial findings can only be appealed on points of law. At present, how a coroner has interpreted or given weight to evidence is not grounds for appeal.

Victims’ grieving families are often left without closure and unable to comprehend the true circumstances leading up to and following the loss of loved ones.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will give victims’ families broader appeal rights against potentially questionable and controversial coronial findings.

There has only been one appeal against a Coroner’s finding in Victoria in the past eight years.

Comments attributable to Shadow Attorney-General, John Pesutto:

“In what are already deeply traumatic circumstances, victims’ families, friends and loved ones deserve to know the truth.

Currently, the system is letting grieving families down, sometimes leaving them without closure during the difficult times associated with the loss of loved ones.

The Liberal Nationals will always put the rights of victims first in our justice system.”

Media Contact:        Jemma Townson      0438 534 111     jemma.townson@opposition.vic.gov.au