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Support in the Coroner's Court                


To assist bereaved relatives, the Coroners Court of New South Wales, the Department of Forensic Medicine and other service providers offer assistance including:

  • free short-term counselling

  • referral to other agencies for ongoing support

  • support for individuals and families exposed to deaths occurring in traumatic circumstances

  • assistance with understanding the court's processes

Assistance during inquests and postmortems 

If a close relative needs to undergo postmortem examination, then you can get assistance from the special Coronial Information and Support Program (CISP).

The staff at CISP are available to assist bereaved people throughout the coronial process.

In some circumstances, CISP can also provide support to family, friends and witnesses where an inquest needs to be held into the death of a person.

For more information, see the Coroner's Court website.

Bereavement counselling

At the Department of Forensic Medicine at Glebe, qualified counsellors provide information, support and counselling for relatives of the deceased.

If you live outside of Sydney you may be able to obtain counselling through your local Community Health Service.

Alternatively, you can obtain information about services available in your local area by contacting the Coroner's Court. If no counsellor is available in your area, counsellors from Glebe will assist you. 



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