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

Mackenzie, Geraldine and 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. ISSN 1328-5475

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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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright is retained by author. Author grants publisher a non-exclusive licence. First publication rights granted to the journal.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 22 May 2009 00:17
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 02:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: death in custody; coronial inquest; police prosecutor; Palm Island
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940406 Legal Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5046

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