What really happened versus what we can prove: tension between the coroner and the DPP

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Mackenzie, Geraldine, Stobbs, Nigel and Thomas, Mark. 2007. "What really happened versus what we can prove: tension between the coroner and the DPP." Indigenous Law Bulletin. 6 (24), pp. 6-10.
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What really happened versus what we can prove: tension between the coroner and the DPP

ERA Journal ID36765
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMackenzie, Geraldine (Author), Stobbs, Nigel (Author) and Thomas, Mark (Author)
Journal TitleIndigenous Law Bulletin
Journal Citation6 (24), pp. 6-10
Number of Pages5
Year2007
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISSN1328-5475
Web Address (URL)http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/ILB/2007/2.html
Abstract

According to Queensland law, any death which occurs in police custody must be subject to a coronial inquest. Such an investigation is required by best practice guidelines to have regard, where applicable, for the recommendations and findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and to be conducted in such a way as to be more sensitive and compassionate towards families than has been the case in the past. This article considers the coronial inquest of Mulrunji, a 36-year-old Aboriginal man resident on Palm Island, who died in police custody in the Palm Island watch-house on 19 November 2004.

Keywordsdeath in custody; coronial inquest; police prosecutor; Palm Island
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480505. Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession
440211. Police administration, procedures and practice
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
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