The Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office (JCCMEO) is notified by law enforcement agencies and medical facilities to investigate approximately 33% of the deaths occurring in Jefferson County. Pursuant to State of Alabama Code 45-37-60 (Act 79-454, p.739, §1-10), notification is made when there is suspicion of criminal violence or criminal neglect, when death occurs in suspicious or unusual circumstances, when deaths are thought to result from trauma or violence, in any prison or penal institution, when in police custody, or deaths due to disease constituting a hazard to public health when requested in writing by the County Health Officer.
The mission of the Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office is to establish the identity of human remains and to determine the cause, manner, and circumstances surrounding death in all sudden and unexpected deaths occurring in Jefferson County, Alabama.
The Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office is fully accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners.
The JCCMEO Deputy Coroner/Investigators are certified and follow the guidelines established by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.