The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office is a regional center dedicated to excellence in public service by providing professional, scientific, and compassionate forensic death investigation services.
Responsibilities of a Medical Examiner System
The following is a list of responsibilities handled by your Medical Examiner's Office:
Determine the cause and manner of death. Manner of death is one of five categories on a death certificate. Homicide, suicide, natural, accident, and undetermined. Undetermined is used when the category is unknown or two categories can't be distinguished.
Ensure the integrity, to the best of our ability, of the personal property of decedents.
Exonerate the innocent.
Identify and collect evidence properly.
Identify the dead with a high degree of certainty using scientific forensic methods.
Perform investigations at the scene of death.
Prepare and plan for mass casualty incidents.
Provide expert legal testimony in criminal and civil matters.
Provide for disposition of unclaimed, indigent citizens, according to state law.
Recognize dangerous features of consumer products and report those to federal government.
Recognize unsuspected homicides.
Sign death certificates in all cases of unnatural death, and many cases of natural death.