Niue’s Justice Department have confirmed two requests for inquests were received by their offices earlier this year pertaining to two separate deaths.
Both requests were submitted by the respective families.
The most recent request was presented to one of two of Niue’s Commissioners who’d approved to proceed with the request and directives were sought out from the Chief Justice on how the matter was to be progressed.
Inquests are currently before the Court awaiting the findings of the Coroner.
Coronial process includes involvement by Health, Justice and Police
Commissioners and JPs have undergone training to up-skill over the past few
years with the anticipation this would strengthen their ability to act jointly
as Coroners in the future. This would aid in such decision making and
local judicial capacity. Two Coroners
have provided such training having been to Niue several times.
inquests are heard in the Coroner’s court as required under the Inquest Act
1964. At all times the sensitive nature of such cases is always acknowledged
furthermore the right of families to seek answers – with the Inquest Act
being the primary legislation for these cases.
determination of the inquests and proceedings will be revealed by the Chief
Justice in due course.