Page 2Duties & Responsibilities of Coroner and Related Laws
Health & Safety Code Section 102850Health & Safety Code Section 102855
Coroner must be notified IMMEDIATELY of the following deaths- Coroner has a duty to investigate deaths defined in section 102850-Location of the body
Penal Code 11165.9
-Other information received by the coroner relating to
Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect shall
the death, including any medical information of the
be made by mandated reporters to any police
decedent that is directly related to the death.
department or sheriff’s department.
A violation of this reporting requirement is a misdemeanor!Without medical attendance
Coroner is required to ascertain as many as possible of the facts required by this chapter During the continued absence of attending physicianWhere the physician is unable to state the cause ofdeathWhen suicide is suspectedFollowing an injury or an accidentSuspected as resulting from criminal act of another Any person who does not notify the Coroner as required by this section is guilty a misdemeanor!
Government Code Section 27463
Required information in Coroner’s Register Name & aliases of the deceasedIncluding description for means of identificationRequired information in Coroner’s Register Cause of deathIncluding reference to the medical reports uponwhich the cause of death is based
Narrative of circumstances leading to and
Disposition of the bodysurrounding the death
Persons notified of the deathMust include names and addresses of witnesses
Must include all
Property taken from the person or premises of deathunsuccessful attemptsIncluding property taken by policeDisposition of property taken
Section 27463.5 allows for a file in lieu of a coroner’s register
Government Code Section 27491.1
Coroner must immediately notify the police when criminal The report shall not include any information contained in death issuspected. Notification must be made by the the decedent’s medical records regarding any other most direct communicationavailable and shall include: person unless that information is relevant and directlyrelated to the decedent’s death.
Name of the deceased
Government Code Section 27491.2
Government Code Sec. 27491.2(a)The Coroner may immediately respond to the scene of death to conduct an investigationMake identificationInquire into the circumstances leading to andsurrounding the deathOrder the body’s removal for further investigationMay release the body to the next-of-kinGov’t Code 27491.2(b)Body may not be disturbed or moved