Did you know that every day in Douglas County – at all hours of the day and night – the Coroner can be called to a scene of unfortunate circumstances – for a death that is expected, unattended, violent, sudden or suspicious?
The Coroner’s Office is a statutory office, which is mandated to establish the cause and manner of death in compliance with Colorado Revised Statute 30-10-601 through 30-10-622.
The investigation of a death by the Coroner’s Office is an extremely important function as it is done by an independent agency who does not work for the law enforcement agency, the physician, the nursing home, the hospital, the prosecution or the defense, but works on behalf of the deceased to obtain the truth about their death.
At the conclusion of a death investigation, the Coroner issues a death certificate, which is the legal document that states the cause and manner of death. This is an extremely important document as it is used to settle criminal and civil legal matters, and insurance benefits for survivors.
The Coroner must keep records and reports of each death investigation. These records are often subpoenaed into court for criminal or civil purposes, and are requested by physicians, insurance companies, and families.