Michael Jenkin Appointed To The Coroner’s Court

Michael Jenkin Appointed To The Coroner’s Court

Western Australia Attorney General John Quigley

New Appointment To Help Reduce Backlog In Coroner’s Court

Victor P Taffa

  • New Coroner appointed to Coroner’s Court of Western Australia
  • Michael Jenkin will fill the position effective from July 3, 2019 for a 5-year term
  • Appointment brings the total number of Coroners in the jurisdiction to 5

Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Jenkin to the Coroner’s Court of Western Australia.

Appointment of Mr. Jenkin takes the total number of Coroners in this important jurisdiction to 5.

“Appointment of a 5th Coroner forms an important part of the McGowan Government’s efforts to speed up the processes within the Coroner’s Court for the benefit of grieving families.” Attorney General John Quigley said.

“With a legal career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Jenkin brings extensive experience to this role.”

Coroner’s Court has seen a 65 % increase in workload since 2003-04.

Appointment of a 5th Coroner, along with additional funding and the provision of a state-of-the-art CT scanner, will help to reduce the backlog of coronial cases and allow grieving families to receive answers more quickly.

Mr. Jenkin obtained a Bachelor of Laws in 1994 and a Bachelor of Social Work in 1985. He was admitted to practice in December 1995.

In 1993, Mr. Jenkin commenced work as a solicitor at the State Solicitor’s Office where he held a variety of positions including that of Assistant State Solicitor.

While at the State Solicitor’s Office, Mr. Jenkin performed a broad range of work as a solicitor, including the co-ordination of coronial matters and preparing matters for inquests.”

He was seconded to Worksafe for a period of 22 months as in-house counsel conducting prosecutions and providing advice, and also managed a busy asbestosis diseases litigation practice for 4 years.

Mr. Jenkin appeared as counsel in appeal matters, hearings and pre-trial conferences in a wide range of jurisdictions, including the Coroner’s Court.

In January, Mr. Jenkin was appointed as a Coroner for 6 months and I am pleased that he will now continue in the role for a further 5-year term.