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The Saskatchewan Office of the Chief Coroner operates in accordance with The Coroners Act.
Under the direction of the Chief Coroner, approximately 150 lay coroners throughout the province investigate approximately 1800 sudden, unexpected and unnatural deaths annually.
Headquarters is located in Regina. The Service currently has Regional offices in Saskatoon and Regina that oversee coroner activities in their respective areas.
Autopsies are completed in various hospitals throughout the province, the larger portion, including all suspicious or homicidal deaths, being completed in Regina and Saskatoon. The Chief Forensic Pathologist is located in Saskatoon and is responsible for overseeing forensic services including autopsy services and toxicology. The forensic pathologist will work independently in a hospital based pathology centre with case load of approximately 200 per year.
Reporting to the Chief Forensic Pathologist, the forensic pathologist is responsible for supporting the operation of the Office of the Chief Coroner by providing forensic expertise concerning the investigation of sudden, unexpected and unnatural deaths. This includes the completion and documentation of all postmortem examinations including autopsies, external examinations and obtaining toxicological specimens as directed by the coroner. The forensic pathologist will routinely liaise with a wide variety of other professionals (e.g. law enforcement, lawyers, health care, and forensic specialists), coroners and families to provide information, expert opinion and direction.
-Medical degree from a recognized university and licensed or eligible for license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
-Specialty certification in anatomical or general pathology with formal training in Forensic Pathology and/or certification in Forensic Pathology through a recognized national examination.