Duties of the County Coroner

Duties of the County Coroner include:

  1. IDENTIFICATION of the deceased;
  2. Determination of the CAUSE of death; and
  3. Determination of the MANNER of death.

The chief responsibility of the coroner is to determine the manner of death in cases involving violence, casualty, unexplained or suspicious circumstances or when the person has been found dead. {IC 36-2-14-6}

When notified of a death under any of the above circumstances, the coroner must alert and obtain the investigative assistance of the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in the area. If an autopsy is necessary, the coroner must employ a qualified physician to conduct it.

Information contained herein was taken from:

  • County Ordinances of Appropriations and Salary Ordinances
  • HERE IS YOUR INDIANA GOVERNMENT which is published by the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Indiana Counties Legislative Bulletin
  • INDIANA HANDBOOK OF TAXES, REVENUES, AND APPROPRIATIONS which is published by Indiana Legislative Services Agency, Office of Fiscal Management Analysis
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