Mary Jerram

Former NSW State Coroner
Mary taught English and languages (French and German) at MSB in the 1970s whilst studying law. After another year at OLMC Chatswood, she became (1980-1987) first an Organizer, then Industrial/Legal Officer at the (then) Independent Teachers Association, now the IEU, and completed law studies.

In 1987 she worked as a solicitor, and Senior Advocate, for the Legal Aid Commission, and was appointed as a Magistrate of the Local Court in 1994. She spent some time as a specialist Children's Magistrate and almost three years as the Goulburn circuit Magistrate. On return from Goulburn, she was appointed a Deputy Chief Magistrate, until she took an early retirement at the end of 2001 to farm with her husband in New Zealand. In the five years they spent there, Mary retained a commission as an Acting Magistrate, returning for a fortnight or so five times a year to sit in Sydney.

They returned to Sydney in 2006 and Mary was appointed NSW State Coroner by the Attorney General in May 2007. She is currently serving a second appointment, and she and four other senior Coroners work from the Glebe Coroners Court, and sit on serious matters in country towns throughout NSW. During her terms, the Coroners Act has been reviewed, coronial training introduced for all magistrates, and relationships with police and various government departments have improved. Mary Jerram's particular interests are in police operations, suspicious deaths, and deaths in custody.

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