The Georgia Death Investigation Act
The Georgia Death Investigation Act (O.C.G.A. 45-16-20) requires that the coroner or the county medical examiner where the body was found or the death occurred be notified and that a medical examiner’s inquiry be made. In Georgia deaths that meet the following criteria are reportable to the coroner/medical examiner:
The reporting and subsequent inquiries that are conducted into each of these reported deaths are done seven day a week, 24 hours a day, weekends and all holidays. The Medical Examiner will determine the need for an autopsy or other examination based on the information generated through initial investigation. An autopsy is not performed or needed on every death.