2020 Georgia Code
Title 45 - Public Officers and Employees
Chapter 16 - Coroners
Article 2 - Death Investigations

Cross references.

- Death certificates generally, § 31-10-15 et seq.

Criteria for determining death, § 31-10-16.


Certification of cause of death.

- It is the duty of the funeral director who first assumes custody of the dead body to obtain medical certification of the cause of death; that medical certification should be completed and signed within 48 hours after death by the physician or osteopath in charge of the patient's care for the illness or condition which resulted in death except when inquiry is required by the former provisions of the Post-mortem Examination Act. 1968 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 68-294.

A coroner on own initiative may not change the nature of the death recorded on a death certificate based on a subsequent jury verdict in criminal or civil proceedings. 1967 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 67-378.

Eye witnesses not required.

- By omitting from this article any reference to the absence of "eye witnesses" and including a reference to "sufficient evidence . . . to disclose the cause of death," the General Assembly meant to and did relieve the several counties of the necessity to incur the expense of a post mortem and an inquest when there was sufficient evidence to establish the cause of death, whether or not there were eye witnesses. 1954-56 Op. Att'y Gen. p. 57.


Pathology for Litigators, 77 Am. Jur. Trials 407.


- Liability for wrongful autopsy, 18 A.L.R.4th 858.

Transplantation of organs, validity and construction of statutes organizing removal of body parts for transplant, 54 A.L.R.4th 1214.

Homicide: cremation of victim's body as violation of accused's rights, 70 A.L.R.4th 1091.

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