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Medico-Legal Death Investigation Systems – Canada

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Daniel S. Smyk ,

Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, Toronto, Ontario, M3M 0B1, CA
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Michael S. Pollanen

Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, Toronto, Ontario, M3M 0B1, CA
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Department of Pathobiology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A8, Canada

 

Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A8, Canada

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Abstract

Death investigations within Canada are conducted at a provincial or territorial level, with medico-legal systems being either Coroner or Medical Examiner based. Each province or territory has defined legislation which guides the death investigation process. Despite similar frameworks, great variation exists in the implementation of the legislation. This paper will outline death investigation systems within Canada, including the legislative framework for each system. An overview of forensic pathology facilities as well as educational programs in forensic pathology training will also be provided.

How to Cite: Smyk, D.S. and Pollanen, M.S., 2022. Medico-Legal Death Investigation Systems – Canada. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law, 13, pp.15–20. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v13i0.7914
Published on 30 Sep 2022.
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