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Coroners are authorized to conduct investigations into all sudden, unexpected and unnatural deaths occurring in the province of Saskatchewan. The investigation is conducted in order to determine the identity of the deceased, and how, when, where and by what means the person died. Coroners can provide information and support to grieving families.
In some circumstances, the coroner may require a post-mortem examination, which is most often completed to assist in determining the cause or manner of death, assist in identification or to document injuries. The coroner may discuss the need for a post-mortem examination with the family; however, the coroner has the authority to complete a post-mortem examination if deemed necessary. The coroner will not authorize a post-mortem examination for clinical interest or research.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the coroner will issue a report (Report of Coroner) summarizing the investigative findings. The report may include recommendations to individuals and/or agencies to prevent similar deaths from occurring. In some circumstances an inquest may be conducted to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the death and to bring dangerous practices to light. At the conclusion of the inquest the jury will report their findings including any recommendations they consider appropriate.
The coroner may work with a variety of agencies including police, Occupational Health and Safety Division, Transportation Safety Board, SGI, Ministry of Social Services, Correctional Service of Canada, the Ministry of Justice, health regions and local physicians who may have an interest in the death investigation.
The next of kin, family members or legal representatives can request a copy of a Report of Coroner and/or Post-Mortem Examination Report.
The coroner can provide information and assistance to family members or legal representatives. A Report of Coroner or a Post-Mortem Examination Report may be available at the conclusion of the investigation. These may be of assistance to family members for their own information or to assist in the settlement of the estate.
A Physician's Statement (proof of death) may need to be completed as part of the settlement of the estate. These documents must be completed by the Saskatchewan Coroners Service.
The request must be in writing, giving the deceased's full name, date of birth, date of death and the requestor's relationship to the deceased. The next of kin may also send in a written request to have reports sent to a third party, such as a family doctor, legal representative or insurance company.
There are no costs to the family associated with obtaining the Report of Coroner or Post-Mortem Examination Report.
Given the nature of the examinations and tests that need to be completed, it is important to note that it may take up to six months for the coroner to complete the investigation and issue their Report of Coroner.
To request a Report of Coroner or Post-Mortem Examination Report, you may complete the Request for Records form and fax, mail or email it to the local office in your area.
A Death Certificate may be required for a variety of purposes including settlement of the estate. Learn how to obtain a Certificate of Death. You may also call toll free: 1-800-667-7551 (within Canada only).
Find further information and answers to some commonly asked questions in the Saskatchewan Coroners Service Brochure.
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