Attorney General Christian Porter today announced the appointment of three temporary coroners to assist in reducing the backlog of coronial cases.
Mr Porter said the new appointments of Barry King and Peter Collins as coroners would commence this month.
“Both Mr King and Mr Collins bring a wealth of legal experience with them to the position,” he said.
“Mr King has been employed as Senior Assistant State Counsel with the State Solicitor’s Office, and Mr Collins has been employed as the Director of Legal Services with the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA.”
The Attorney General said in addition to those appointments, current coroner Dominic Mulligan had been appointed to continue in the role.
“Mr Mulligan has extensive experience in coronial inquests and will, I am sure, continue the excellent work he has already undertaken in the role,” he said.
Mr Porter said these appointments showed the State Government was committed to reducing the current coronial backlog.
The funding for the appointments has been allocated as part of the State Government’s 2012-13 Budget, comprising an additional $509,000 in resourcing for the Coroner’s Office in 2011-12, and an additional $1.015million in 2012-13.
The funding also includes the appointment of five extra support staff.
The number of coronial backlog cases as at March 31, 2012 was 861
Of those, 99 cases require an inquest
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