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What is the Coroner’s Responsibility

Believe it or not in most states coroners don't have to be physicians or forensic pathologists.


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What is the Coroner’s Responsibility

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I will start by giving you the definition of coroner that I got out of Oxford Languages. It states, “an official who investigates violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths”. A coroner can be either elected or appointed into their position. The coroner generally works with the sheriff’s department. What does the job of a coroner entail? The coroner will host early investigations of the body to figure out the death. They can also say if an autopsy is needed. If they do decide that an autopsy is needed, they can either do it or send the body off to a laboratory to have the autopsy done. Another part of their job is that they assist the law enforcement with investigations. The position also requires them to fill out death certificates, speaking with the family of the person that had passed, keeping records by documenting evidence and recording information and filing information. They can also help the relatives of the deceased get insurance and burial benefits by giving them information on how to get it. Believe it or not in most states coroners don’t have to be physicians or forensic pathologists. There are only four states that require coroners to be a physician and Idaho is not one of them. Did you know that the coroner is the only person that can arrest the county sheriff. However, in Idaho there has only ever been one sheriff who has been arrested and charged with crimes. The office of coroner or “crowner” dates back to medieval days when the crowner was responsible for looking into deaths to be sure death duties were paid to the King.  




1 Comment on What is the Coroner’s Responsibility

  1. I was pleasantly surprised to see this topic, and you covered some very valuable information.

    Bonner county coroner, Bob Beers, is a very accessible person that is quite helpful in all areas. (He is also a funny guy.)

    You have done well to enlighten the people on more info that can be vital to them. Good job!

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