Date confirmed for hearing to determine scope of mosque terror attack inquiry

Fifty-one people were killed in the terror attacks of March 15, 2019. (File photo)

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Fifty-one people were killed in the terror attacks of March 15, 2019. (File photo)

A hearing on the scope of a coronial inquiry into the March 15 Christchurch mosque attacks will now take place from 22 to 24 February next year.

The hearing had originally been scheduled to take place on December 14, but was postponed to allow families more time to prepare submissions.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed the February date in a statement on Friday. The hearing is set to take place at the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct in Christchurch.

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The planned hearing is not a coroner’s inquest, but merely an opportunity for interested parties to make submissions themselves or through their lawyer on the scope of the coronial inquiry into the attacks.

Those who have made written submissions will also have the opportunity to make oral submissions at the hearing.

Last month, Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall said she had started an inquiry into the terror attack that killed 51 people in 2019.


Maysoon Salama and Mohammad Atta Ahmad Alayan recall the pain of losing their son, Ata Mohammad Ata Elayyan, in the Christchurch mosque shooting. Video first published in 2020.

The purposes of a coronial inquiry include establishing cause of death and making recommendations or comments to reduce the chances of further deaths happening in similar circumstances.

Issues that would likely be deemed within the scope of the inquiry include the emergency first response to provide medical aid to victims, and the survivability of those who died.

Coroner Brigitte Windley, who has since assumed responsibility for the inquiry following Judge Marshall’s retirement, has yet to confirm whether an inquest will occur as part of the inquiry.

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