The Medical Examiner's Office of the GBI provides complete forensic pathology services 155 of Georgia's 159 counties in deaths which qualify as coroner cases under the Georgia Death Investigation Act. The Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Georgia oversees the GBI's medical examiner program and also establishes policies and guidelines for all Georgia coroners and local medical examiners. Death cases are reported to the Medical Examiner's Office by coroners, deputy coroners, and law enforcement.
There are some limitations to this data. There are four metropolitan counties that report to a local medical examiner's office and therefore, are not included in this data set: Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.
More information about the Medical Examiner's Office can be found here: https://dofs-gbi.georgia.gov/departments/medical-examiners-office
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Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (2021). GBI Medical Examiner's Office coroner cases 2010-2019. Available from https://dofs-gbi.georgia.gov/departments/medical-examiners-office