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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 52, STATE GOVERNMENT, DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICERS

    Chapter 17B: Establishment of department; "the department" defined

      Section: 52:17B-88: Findings; report; autopsy; transportation of body.

          
11. If the cause of such death shall be established beyond a reasonable doubt, the county medical examiner shall reduce his findings to writing and promptly make a full report thereof to the State Medical Examiner and to the county prosecutor on forms to be prescribed by the State Medical Examiner for such purpose. If, however, in the opinion of the county medical examiner, the State Medical Examiner, an assignment judge of the Superior Court, the county prosecutor or the Attorney General, an autopsy is necessary, or if, in cases where the suspected cause of death of a child under one year of age is sudden infant death syndrome or the child is between one and three years of age and the death is sudden and unexpected, and an investigation has been conducted under the provisions of section 9 of P.L.1967, c.234 (C.52:17B-86), and the parent, parents or legal guardian of the child request an autopsy, the same shall be performed, by (1) the State Medical Examiner, or an assistant designated by him or by (2) the county medical examiner or a deputy or assistant county medical examiner provided either has the recognized training or experience in forensic pathology or by (3) such competent forensic pathologists as may be authorized by the State Medical Examiner; except that when the suspected cause of death of a child under one year of age is sudden infant death syndrome or the child is between one and three years of age and the death is sudden and unexpected, upon the request of the parent, parents or legal guardian of the child, a pediatric pathologist, if available, shall assist in the performance of the autopsy under the direction of a forensic pathologist. The county medical examiner shall notify the parent, parents or legal guardian of the child that they may request that a pediatric pathologist assist in the performance of the autopsy. A detailed description of the findings written during the progress of such autopsy and the conclusions drawn therefrom shall thereupon be filed in the offices of the State Medical Examiner, the county medical examiner and the county prosecutor. The county medical examiner shall make available a copy of these findings and conclusions to the closest surviving relative of the decedent within 90 days of the receipt of a request therefor, unless the death is under active investigation by a law enforcement agency. If the suspected cause of death of a child under one year of age is sudden infant death syndrome or if the child is between one and three years of age and the death is sudden and unexpected, the findings and conclusions shall be reported to the child's parent, parents or legal guardian and the State Department of Health and Senior Services within 48 hours after the death of the child.

It shall be the duty of any county medical examiner to call upon the State Medical Examiner or an assistant State medical examiner, or other person authorized and designated by the State Medical Examiner, to make an examination or perform an autopsy whenever he deems it necessary or desirable, and it shall be the duty of the State Medical Examiner or assistant State medical examiner to perform such examination, except in such cases as a competent pathologist is so authorized by the State Medical Examiner to perform such autopsy. The necessary expenses for transportation of a body for autopsy by the State Medical Examiner or an assistant State medical examiner or an authorized pathologist and such reasonable fee payable to the authorized pathologist as has been approved by the State Medical Examiner for each autopsy such authorized pathologist may perform shall be paid by the State.

L.1967,c.234,s.11; amended 1980, c.167, s.2; 1989, c.323; 2000, c.24, s.1.



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