Auckland barrister Debra Bell has been appointed a coroner.
Ms Bell fills the vacancy creatred when Judge Deborah Marshall was appointed Chief Coroner earlier in 2015. She joints the four other coroners serving Auckland.
Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in January 1998, Ms Bell has practised as a barrister sole since 2013. Before that she was a partner at Meredith Connell for eight years, also working there as a legal executive. Earlier in her career she was a Deputy Registrar at Henderson District Court.
Ms Bell will be sworn in as a coroner on 6 August 2015.