Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Department of Attorney-General and Justice

Government department responsible for administering the courts, tribunals, laws and justice programs of the State. The New South Wales Department of Attorney General and of Justice was formed in 1901. Both branches were responsible for the various Courts and Sessions, however the Justice branch was responsible for the coroner. This responsibility went largely unchanged for sixty years, when responsibilities were reallocated in 1975. The department was revised to the Attorney-General’s Department in 1984.

Attorney-General’s Department
Apr 1950 - 1992
Aug 1887 - 1904

Glebe Coroner's Court


The former NSW State Coroner’s Court and Morgue building on Parramatta Road, Glebe, functioned as the centre of coronial justice in the state for 48 years, and tens of thousands of Sydney’s unexplained deaths, accidents, fires, explosions and missing persons were investigated there. The building housing two coroner’s courts and offices on the top floor and the morgue, refrigeration room and laboratory on the bottom floor, and from 1971  the Department of Forensic Medicine since 1971. In December 2018 it was replaced by a new facility in Lidcombe.