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Each of the Canadian provinces has its own legislation and courts, and its own system of death investigation. Some provinces have a coroner system, and some a medical examiner system. Where there are coroners, they operate in slightly different ways to England. A common feature in Canada is a hierarchical system, where a Chief Coroner heads the service, with different levels of coroner beneath. Another feature is that there is an emphasis on holding inquests for public safety reasons. Some Canadian coroners (or provincial government coroner services) have their own webpages.
Canadian caselaw and legislation, as well as much other legal information,
can be obtained from the Canadian Legal
Information Institute. Another Canadian website is the Best
Guide to Canadian Legal Research. There are textbooks
on Canadian coroners’ law, and (in Ontario) the Law Reform Commission produced
a detailed Report on the Law of Coroners in 1995 (unfortunately no longer available
on the Web), with much useful current and historical material.
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Last modified: Monday, 09-Aug-2004 08:53:10 BST by: Malcolm Bishop