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Prosecutors will decide by late January if they are going to charge William Tyrrell's foster mother with interfering with the missing toddler's corpse and perverting the course of justice, a court has heard.
An inquest into the disappearance of Australia's most famous missing boy - who vanished from his foster grandmother's home on September 12, 2014 aged three - held a brief public hearing on Friday morning.
The court heard that the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions' office has advised the state Coroner that they had a deadline on their decision of whether or not to charge the 58-year-old foster mum.
The DPP will complete the brief before two weeks of hearings into William's disappearance resume in March with as yet unnamed witnesses.
It was revealed in June this year that Strike Force Rosann detectives had handed a brief to the DPP recommending that the foster mother be charged with two offences in relation to William's disappearance.
The foster mother made an appearance at the inquest into toddler William Tyrrell's disappearance which briefly resumed on Friday. File photo
The foster mother has always maintained she has nothing to do with William's disappearance.
Counsel Assisting Gerard Craddock SC told Deputy State Coroner Harriet Graham that on Friday that lawyers assisting the inquest had become aware of an issue for advice sent to the DPP by NSW Police.
'We make it clear that the request for advice has nothing to do with the inquest. (It's) not a coronial referral, it did not come from counsel assisting team,' he said.
Coroner Graham said that the matter should be finalised before the inquest's next directions date, 23 February 2024, well ahead of the final tranche of hearings, between March 4 and 15 next year.
Outside the court a lawyer representing the foster parents, Rylie Hahn of Marsdens Lawyers, read a statement saying, they were 'calling for the disclosure of evidence which police suggests form the basis of criminal proceedings.
'The foster mother maintains she had nothing got do with his