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Who determines if an autopsy is needed?
The coroner, along with law enforcement and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, will determine in each individual case the need for an autopsy. In this situation, consent from the family is not required. There are also certain cases where an autopsy is required by law. If an autopsy is not done, but the family wishes to have one done, they can arrange to have one done at their own expense.

Coroner's Office

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1. Why doesn't the coroner investigate every death?
2. Who determines if an autopsy is needed?
3. What responsibilities and authority does the deputy coroner have?
4. How can I get copies of a death certificate?
5. How can I reach the coroner's office?

P.O. Box 1129  |  Chatsworth, Georgia 30705  |  Ph: (706) 695-2413  |  Fx: (706) 695-8721