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Media Statement: Lindt Café siege inquest opening

Issued: Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The inquest into the deaths of Katrina Dawson, Tori Johnson and Man Monis at Martin Place will open on 29 January.

State Coroner Michael Barnes will preside over the inquest.

No witnesses will be called on the opening day, but counsel assisting the State Coroner, Jeremy Gormly SC, will outline a provisional list of issues the investigation and inquest will look at. He will also provide some details of the results of the inquiries conducted to date and will outline the way forward for the inquest including future hearing dates.

The State Coroner will determine applications for leave to participate in the inquest by lawyers representing the families of those who died, the police officers involved in responding to the siege and any other parties who consider they have sufficient interest.

The aim of the inquest will be to determine how the deaths occurred, the factors that contributed to them and whether they could have been prevented.

The NSW Coroners Court has been consulting closely with the victims' families over the last few weeks and has notified them of the opening date.

The venue for the hearing will be decided shortly.

Media Statement provided by New South Wales Justice spokesperson.