Arguing the Autopsy: mutual suspicion, jurisdictional confusion and the socially marginal

Carpenter, Belinda and Tait, Gordon and Quadrelli, Carol ORCID: (2013) Arguing the Autopsy: mutual suspicion, jurisdictional confusion and the socially marginal. In: 2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013), 2013, Brisbane, Australia.

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Vulnerable and marginalised populations are not only over-represented in the criminal justice system, but also in civil jurisdictions like the coronial system. Moreover, many of the personnel who deal with criminal matters, especially in rural and regional areas, are also those who manage the coronial death investigation. This movement back and forth between civil and criminal jurisdictions is difficult for the both professional personnel and the families, but especially for those families who may also have had dealings with these personnel in the criminal justice system, or who present as suspicious due to larger historical and global issues. While coronial legislation now allows families to raise cultural and religious concerns about the process, particularly to do with the autopsy of their loved one, this also requires them to identify themselves to police at the initial stage of the death investigation. This paper, part of a larger body of work on autopsy decision making, discusses the ways in which this information is gathered by police, how it is communicated through the system, the ways in which families are supported through the process, and the difficulties that ensue.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: coronial system, marginalized communities, autopsy
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4805 Legal systems > 480599 Legal systems not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
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