The power to make recommendations

Following an inquest, the Coroner’s jury or the Coroner if acting alone, may make recommendations to a government Minister, public statutory authority or and other agency with a view to improving public health and safety which will help prevent similar deaths or fires. The Coroner has no power to enforce compliance with such recommendations.

It is a matter for the relevant government minister(s), permanent secretaries or agencies to determine whether a Coroner’s recommendations should be adopted. In instances where coronial recommendations are made the relevant government ministers or agencies may cause the recommendations to be published.