Directs activities such as autopsies, pathological and toxicological analyses, and inquests relating to the investigation of deaths occurring within a legal jurisdiction to determine cause of death or to fix responsibility for accidental, violent, or unexplained deaths.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Governance pathway.
A person in this career:
- Performs medicolegal examinations and autopsies, conducting preliminary examinations of the body to identify victims, locate signs of trauma, and identify factors that would indicate time of death.
- Completes death certificates, including the assignment of cause and manner of death.
- Inquires into the cause, manner, and circumstances of human deaths and establishes the identities of deceased persons.
- Observes and records the positions and conditions of bodies and related evidence.
- Observes, records, and preserves any objects or personal property related to deaths, including objects such as medication containers and suicide notes.
- Interviews persons present at death scenes to obtain information useful in determining the manner of death.
- Arranges for the next of kin to be notified of deaths.
- Collects and documents any pertinent medical history information.
- Completes reports and forms required to finalize cases.
- Directs activities of workers conducting autopsies, performing pathological and toxicological analyses, and preparing documents for permanent records.