Autopsy results are not public records, and are available only to those legally entitled to receive them.
Under chief medical examiner’s regulations, autopsy records are disclosable to surviving spouse or next of kin if certain conditions are met.
How do you get a copy of an autopsy report?
Request Report. Use this form to request a copy of an autopsy report from the District 8 Office of the Medical Examiner.
How long does it take to get a autopsy report?
Autopsies usually take two to four hours to perform. Preliminary results can be released within 24 hours, but the full results of an autopsy may take up to six weeks to prepare.
Are death records public in California?
California birth, death, fetal death, still birth, marriage, and divorce records are maintained by the California Department of Public Health Vital Records. Services provided by Vital Records include: Issuing certified copies of California fetal death and still birth certificates.
Can I obtain a coroner’s report?
If the post-mortem was requested by the coroner, the coroner or coroner’s officer will let you know the cause of death determined by the pathologist. If you want a full copy of the pathologist’s report, you can request this from the coroner’s office, but there may be a fee.
Are coroner’s reports public record?
The Public Records Office has made available an online index of more than 13,000 files from coroners’ inquests. The records are for the years 1969-1999 and include information on about 3,000 deaths in the Troubles. People can search a database to find out what files are held.
Can a family deny an autopsy?
Hospital autopsy. The immediate family has the right to refuse or agree to a hospital autopsy of the deceased. They may also choose to consent to an autopsy, but limit the extent of the examination. They can also decide whether or not organs or samples taken from the body may be kept for further study.
How are autopsy reports written?
A forensic autopsy is the examination of a body by a medical examiner with specialized training. If you are authorized, you may request a copy of the autopsy report, which is the written record of the medical examiner’s findings. We do not perform an autopsy on every case that comes into our office.
Are death certificates public?
Death Records. If you are not a relative of the deceased person, a letter or document from the office or agency that needs the death certificate must accompany the request. The Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records offers two types of copies of death certificates.
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