Missing persons – how the forensic and coronial systems search for answers (Sold out)

According to the Australian Federal Police, more than 38,000 missing persons reports are received each year. While most people are found within a short period of time, there remain approximately 2,600 long term missing persons, those who have been missing for more than three months.

Have you ever wondered how missing persons cases are investigated in Victoria? What evidence is needed? What happens when remains are found? What role can DNA testing play?

This year’s joint Law Week 2022 event presented by the Coroners Court of Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, will pull back the curtain on forensic identification methods and the role of the coronial process in identifying missing persons.

Hear from a panel of legal and forensic experts on topics including how DNA can be used to identify remains, the role of the police, forensic pathologists and anthropologists – and the investigative procedures used by the coroner to piece together a missing person’s last movements.

Hosted by ABC’s Brian Nankervis and will be taking place in person at:

Where: Court 1, Coroners Court of Victoria, 65 Kavanagh St, Southbank, Melbourne

When: 6 pm, Monday 16 May

Tickets through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/missing-persons-how-the-victorian-forensic-and-coronial-systems-search-fo-tickets-308444264097

COVID Safe Protocols

The Coroners Court of Victoria follows the Victorian Government COVIDSafe protocols and Department of Health directions.

It is a condition of entry that all attendees must:

  • sign into the venue with name and contact details (this information will only be used in the event that contact tracing is required)
  • provide proof of vaccination
  • wear a mask throughout the venue.

If you are experiencing any flulike symptoms on the day of the event, please do not attend.

Attendees should familiarise themselves with the Department of Health COVID-19 checklist prior to attending the event.

Presented by Coroners Court of Victoria
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

Monday 16 May

(this event is sold out) Coroners Court of Victoria – 65 Kavanagh St Southbank, VIC 3006
This event is free


Coroners Court of Victoria
EmailPhone (03) 8688 0730


Wheelchair accessibility

Law Week is finished for 2022. We look forward to seeing you next year.