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Act 181 of 1953
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Act 181 of 1953

AN ACT relative to investigations in certain instances of the causes of death within this state due to violence, negligence or other act or omission of a criminal nature or to protect public health; to provide for the taking of statements from injured persons under certain circumstances; to abolish the office of coroner and to create the office of county medical examiner in certain counties; to prescribe the powers and duties of county medical examiners; to prescribe penalties for violations of the provisions of this act; and to prescribe a referendum thereon.

History: 1953, Act 181, Eff. Jan. 1, 1954 ;-- Am. 1969, Act 92, Imd. Eff. July 24, 1969

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Section 52.201SectionCoroner; abolition of office; county medical examiner; appointment; terms; vacancies; civil service; qualifications; agreement among counties.
Section 52.201aSectionDeputy county medical examiner and medical examiner investigators; appointment; qualifications; approval; duties of investigator.
Section 52.201bSectionRepealed. 2002, Act 22, Imd. Eff. Mar. 4, 2002.
Section 52.201cSectionCounty medical examiner; powers and duties; establishment of elderly and vulnerable adult death review team.
Section 52.201dSectionDeputy county medical examiners; appointment in counties under civil service.
Section 52.201eSectionCounty medical examiner and deputies; compensation and expenses.
Section 52.201fSectionCounty medical examiner and deputies; removal.
Section 52.202SectionInvestigation by county medical examiner as to cause and manner of death; prisoners; medical records, papers, or documents; exemption from disclosure; definitions.
Section 52.203SectionNotice to county medical examiner by physician or individual with knowledge of certain deaths; knowledge that 2 or more individuals involved were same age, sex, height, weight, hair color, eye color, and race; notice not required; review by elderly and vulnerable adult death review team; disclosure.
Section 52.204SectionViolent, unexpected or medically unattended deaths; removal of body, notice; violation of section, penalty.
Section 52.205SectionNotice of body; manner of death; removal of body to morgue; investigation; designation and duties of medical examiner investigator; list of investigators and qualifications; autopsy; ascertaining identity of decedent and notifying next of kin; impossible identification or knowledge that 2 individuals share same attributes; records; disposition of body; retention of portion of body.
Section 52.205aSectionSudden death, cause unknown, of child under age of 2 years; report; request for autopsy; notice of results; costs; rules.
Section 52.206SectionPrivate morgue; compensation.
Section 52.207SectionViolent, unexpected or medically unattended deaths; investigation by county medical examiner; inquest.
Section 52.208SectionViolent, unexpected or medically unattended deaths; personalty found on deceased's person, possession, inventory, disposition, use as evidence.
Section 52.209SectionBody determined suitable for donation; agreement; release of information; conduct of examination within certain time period; section to be known as "Kyle Ray Horning's law."
Section 52.210SectionRemoval of body to crematory; permit from county medical examiner; violation of section, penalty.
Section 52.211SectionCounty medical examiner; records.
Section 52.212SectionCounty medical examiner and deputies; testimony, expenses.
Section 52.213SectionCoroner; transfer of powers and duties to county medical examiner, abolition of office; transfer of proceedings and records.
Section 52.213aSectionCoroner; transfer of powers and duties to county medical examiner, abolition of office; transfer of proceedings.
Section 52.213bSectionCoroner; transfer of records.
Section 52.213cSectionCounty health officer; designation as county medical examiner.
Section 52.214, 52.215SectionRepealed. 1969, Act 92, Imd. Eff. July 24, 1969.
Section 52.216SectionCoroners; completion of term after effective date of act.
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