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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.
Program Goals:
  • By 2007, the Office of Medical Examiner will improve service to families and other agencies by completing cases within established time frames of 90% of cases closed within 45 days and 100% of cases closed within 90 days.
  • By 2007, the Office of Medical examiner will receive accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) to increase the expertise of staff investigating death related cases.
  • By 2007, the Office of Medical Examiner will increase certification of investigative staff by 10% to compliment the cooperative efforts with law enforcement agencies, public health, and county attorney investigating death related cases to insure the safety and welfare of the residents of Maricopa County.
Community Impact:
A complete and objective medicolegal investigation provides for the expeditious settling of insurance claims and estates as well as for civil and criminal adjunction. Surviving family, friends and general public should have the assurance that a complete and impartial professional medicolegal investigation was conducted resulting in the assurance of a safe and healthy community.

Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
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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