Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 4
Office of State Medical Examiners

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-4-4

§ 23-4-4. Jurisdiction.

The office of state medical examiners shall have the authority to make postmortem examinations, to undertake inquests, and to perform autopsies where there may be in its judgment a reasonable belief that the manner of death could be pronounced as:

(1) Death by a homicide, suicide, or casualty;

(2) Death due to a criminal abortion;

(3) Death due to an accident involving lack of due care on the part of a person other than the deceased;

(4) Death which is the immediate or remote consequences of any physical or toxic injury incurred while the deceased person was employed;

(5) Death due to the use of addictive or unidentifiable chemical agents; or

(6) Death due to an infectious agent capable of spreading an epidemic within the state.

History of Section.
P.L. 1973, ch. 169, § 1.