The Coroner Division's critical function and responsibilities are to:
- Determine the medical cause and mode of death
- Identification of the deceased by thorough examination
- Handle the receipt, examination, documentation, and storage of personal effects
All cases that require a medical examination are brought to the morgue where a Pathologist examines them. Deputy Coroners investigate the scene of death, remove the deceased, and provide transportation to the morgue.
- The Coroner's Office operates from a central morgue facility.
- The Division contracts with Forensic Medical Group for autopsy responsibilities.
- The Coroner also takes responsibility for notification of the next of kin.
- The Division records and documents their findings in the Death Certificate.