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Forensic Pathology is a branch of medicine that investigates death from a medicolegal perspective.  Duties of a Medical Examiner include determining the cause and manner of death, authorization of cremation of decedent remains, testifying in criminal and civil cases and working to ensure public safety and health.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Office of the Medical Examiner is to provide medicolegal investigations into all deaths requiring a public inquiry to determine and record the cause and manner of death for the families of the decedent, and the legal and medical community so that they can effect a resolution and have closure, affix responsibility, and protect public health and safety.

Forensic Science Center

The Medical Examiner’s Office moved into a new, state of the art facility in October of 2002.  This facility, known as the Forensic Science Center, is nearly six times as large as its predecessor, a byproduct of over two decades of rapid population growth in the county. Some aspects of the new facility include: 1) Separate examination areas for suspected infectious disease cases or decomposed remains, 2) A main examination suite that has ten exam stations with separate viewing areas from which law enforcement personnel may witness the exams without being subjected to potential biohazards from exposure to the exam area, 3) A cold storage for approximately 140 cases at a time, 4) Toxicological testing area designed for security and preservation of the continuity of evidence, 5) Expansion laboratory space for trace evidence, DNA and serology testing, 6) Emphasis upon an open environment with natural lighting and glass walls throughout the facility, including within the main examination suite, and 7) A private courtyard area where staff may relax or have lunch.

The OME is now housed in a facility that will be able to provide services to Maricopa County for many years to come, despite burgeoning growth in the population of the area.







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Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
except holidays 

Maricopa County Medical Examiner
Forensic Science Center
701 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Ph: 602-506-3322 Fax: 602-506-1546
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