Coroners Amendment Act 2003

Coroners Amendment Act 2003

Public Act2003 No 67
Date of assent21 October 2003

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Coroners Amendment Act 2003.

    (2) In this Act, the Coroners Act 1988 is called the principal Act.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Interpretation
  • (1) Section 2 of the principal Act is amended by inserting, in their appropriate alphabetical order, the following definitions:

    Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of a warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act

    responsible department means the department of State that, with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act.

    (2) The definition of Secretary in section 2 of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words Department for Courts:, and substituting the words responsible department..

4 Inquests to be before coroner alone
  • Section 21(2) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words of the Crown who is responsible for the Department for Courts.

5 Retirement of coroners and deputies
  • Section 33(6) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words of Justice.

6 Information held in Department of Justice
  • (1) The heading to section 44 of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words Department of Justice, and substituting the words responsible department.

    (2) Section 44 of the principal Act is amended by repealing subsection (3), and substituting the following subsection:

    • (3) Subject to subsection (2), the availability of documents given to the Secretary under this Act must be determined,—

      • (a) in the case of a request made by the individual to whom the information relates, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993; or

      • (b) in any other case, in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982.


Legislative history

16 October 2003Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3), third reading