Interesting Facts

The Coroner's Office serves on county child death protocol committees.  


Until the late 1970's the Coroner had arresting powers as a constable. 


The Coroner's Office is in the Judicial System and has the power of subpoena. 


The Coroner's Office may hold court in the form of an inquest to help determine cause of death and the outcome may be used for criminal procedures.  The Coroner's Office is often called upon as a witness in criminal court.


The coroner cannot arrest the sheriff.  They are the only one that can serve a warrant on the sheriff at the direction of the Probate Judge.


The coroner shall function as acting sheriff in the event the acting sheriff is unable to serve.


The coroner does not perform autopsies, they must be performed by a forensic pathologist.

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