Justices of the Peace and Medicolegal Death Investigation: A Situation Unique to Texas

Reade A Quinton

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Abstract

Death investigation throughout the United States is conducted by medical examiners, coroners, or combined systems, based on the laws of individual states. Larger counties in Texas employ medical examiners, but smaller counties rely on justices of the peace. Texas is unique in the use of justices of the peace in the place of county coroners. These justices have multiple responsibilities, including small claims courts, civil marriages, and inquests and death certification. In Texas counties with medical examiner offices, the justice of the peace relinquishes the responsibilities of death investigation and certification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Forensic Pathology
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

Keywords

  • Death investigation
  • Forensic pathology
  • Justice of the peace
  • Medical examiner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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