Infant Death P47 form/report

Imogen Watt made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Ministry of Justice should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Imogen Watt

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am looking for the form that is filled out by police at the scene of an infant's death. It is referred to as the P47 or P47a report, or P47 or P47a form in all the literature. It collects information about the death scene in a checklist format and is used alongside the post-mortem autopsy report for the coroner to determine the cause of death.

I look forward to receiving this information.

Yours faithfully,

Imogen Watt

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From: correspondence, official
Ministry of Justice

Good morning Imogen,

to clarify, are you after a specific P47, or a blank form? Have you requested this from the Police?

Kind regards,

Sophie

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From: Imogen Watt

Dear correspondence, official,

I am after a blank form, I am interested in what the questions on the form are, not in a particular case itself. I cannot find where to request this from the Police and was directed here.

Thank you for the prompt reply,

Imogen Watt

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From: correspondence, official
Ministry of Justice

Hi Imogen,

Thank you for clarifying. As the Ministry of Justice does not hold the information you are seeking, I am transferring your request to New Zealand Police in accordance with section 14(b)(i) of the Official Information Act 1982.

Officials from that agency will respond to your request in due course.

Kind regards,

Sophie

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From: Imogen Watt

Dear correspondence, official,

I have still not heard from the New Zealand Police in regards to being sent a copy of the P47 form used at the scene of an infant death. By law they should have responded by the 24th of December.

Could you please get in touch with them again and ask them to respond to my request as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Imogen Watt

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From: correspondence, official
Ministry of Justice

Hi Imogen,

A response by Police is due to you by 15 February 2016 (this takes into account the summer holiday -27 Dec to 15 Jan, as well as Waitangi day).

For help working out OIA due dates, the Ombudsman has a great calculator. It can be found herehttp://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/ (scroll down and it is in a grey box on the left hand side of the page).

Kind regards,

Sophie
Advisor | Official Correspondence and Media Team
Ministry of Justice | Tāhū o te Ture

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