Section 45-27-60.06Execution of death certificate; circumstances requiring notice to Department of Forensic Sciences.
(a) After investigating a death, if the county medical examiner or the designated assistant is satisfied that the death was not caused by criminal act or omission and that there are no suspicious circumstances about the death, then the county medical examiner, or designated assistant, may execute a death certificate as required by law, and authorize release of the body for final disposition on a certificate as prescribed by the State Health Department.
(b) The county medical examiner shall contact the State Medical Examiner of Alabama Forensic Sciences under the following circumstances:
(1) If the deceased is unidentified.
(2) If the county medical examiner suspects a death was caused by a criminal act or omission.
(3) If the cause of death is obscure.
(c) The State Medical Examiner shall further examine the body, take, retain, and examine or have examined whatever tissues, biological fluids, or other evidence from the body that he or she deems necessary to determine the cause, manner, or circumstances of death, and the identity of the deceased. The county medical examiner or state medical examiner shall then execute a death certificate, as required by law, and also shall authorize release of the body for final disposition by executing a certificate required by the State Health Department.
(Act 97-571, p. 1010, §7.)