FSC239Y5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Homicide, Forensic Anthropology, Exsanguination

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Death investigation team police services coroner pathologist consultants (i. e. forensic anthropologist) other agencies (i. e. fire marshal"s office) forensic scientists. In ontario, coroners are medical doctors and usually family practitioners/emerg room physicians. In other places, may be doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, lay people, forensic pathologists. In ontario, medical examiners form report and coroners decide cause of death. In places with medical examiner system, they decide cause of death instead of coroners. Medical death investigation only sudden, unexpected death is investigated coroner overseen by regional supervising coroner and chief coroner for province five questions to answer. Additional roles of the coroner public safety outbreak surveillance public inquests deaths in custody pediatric deaths institutional deaths. When does a pathologist get involved: when the coroner is unable to answer any of the five questions, when there is a possibility of involvement of criminal justice systems. Pathologist performs an autopsy for two main reasons: discovery, documentation.

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