Each fellow will be evaluated on all of the following steps in a complete medicolegal investigation. Steps 1-13 are to be completed within 18 hours of the first finding of the dead body; step 14 in the next week; and steps 15 and 16 within a week of those test results becoming available. Steps 17-21 must be undertaken as the court docket demands.
- Notification of the death.
- Disposition of the call.
- Investigation at the scene.
- Relations with the police, rescue squad, relatives, crowd, and media representatives.
- Dispatch of body to morgue.
- Examination in morgue, including identification workup of the unidentified burned, decomposed, mutilated dead body.
- Photography and x-ray of body.
- Autopsy including special procedures for neck, spinal cord, torture, and abused dissections.
- Accountability for personal effects and valuables and pertinent evidence and specimens.
- Selection of specimens for toxicology, serology, microbiology, virology, firearms, arson, trace, and other relevant examinations.
- Proper recognition, collection, preservation, and transmission of evidence.
- Formulation of diagnosis (including a 'pending' diagnosis).
- Execution of legal documents and case protocols.
- Microscopy including selection and interpretation of special stains.
- Interpretation of laboratory results from toxicology, serology, etc., and consultation with specialists in these fields.
- Correlation of all factors in the case in order to formulate the final summary and conclusion as to the cause and manner of death.
- Conferences with police, lawyers, insurers, survivors, etc. including the taking of depositions.
- Response to summons to court.
- Conduct in court and on the stand, especially during direct and cross-examination.
- Development of records and exhibits for court and archival storage.
- Comments to media, public, and other laymen within the setting of medicolegal confidentiality.
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