Chapter 3: Coroners’ recommendations
In Chapter 1, and elsewhere, I have described the limitations of coronial data sources and the difficulties in accessing complete datasets of full coroners’ findings. In several jurisdictions abroad, government organisations compile basic statistics about Coroner’s Courts and coronial recommendations. Despite the introduction of the Recommendations Recap, a common complaint during interviews was that the shortcomings in access to publicly available full findings in NZ have meant that it has been difficult to compile accurate statistics about coronial findings. This chapter attempts to address some of these problems by providing descriptive quantifications of NZ coronial recommendations during the study period. The results and discussion in this chapter address my research objective to describe the nature, frequency and recipients of NZ coroners’ recommendations, 1 July 2007 – 30 June 2012.
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