Statement On Judicial Commission Investigation

I have been advised by the Judicial Commission of Victoria that it has dismissed an allegation of misconduct concerning State Coroner Judge Sara Hinchey.

On 8 April 2019, the Commission announced that it has referred a complaint to an investigating panel.

The panel has considered the matter and found that there was no evidence to support the allegation.

Judge Hinchey will continue serving at the County Court but will resign as State Coroner. She has more than 19 years of legal experience as a trial and appellate barrister, and will continue to bring her expertise and extensive experience to the bench.

I would like to thank Judge Hinchey for her contribution to the Coroners Court, especially her commitment to improving the way in which families and victims are served through the court’s vital and important work.

It is critical that the leadership of the Coroners Court continues to drive these key objectives, ensuring the court continues to help communities and government prevent and avoid reportable deaths in the future.

I would like to thank both Deputy State Coroner Caitlin English and retired Deputy State Coroner Iain West for acting as State Coroner during this time.

Ms English will continue as Acting State Coroner until a permanent appointment is made.