BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 3.22 Coroner

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Chapter 3.22


3.22.010 Bond.
3.22.020 Inquests and deaths to be reported.
3.22.030 Method of paying expenses of inquests.
3.22.040 Post-mortem fees.
3.22.050 Statement of fees to be filed.
3.22.060 Deputies.
3.22.070 Reporter--Appointment.
3.22.080 Reporter--Duties--Fees.
3.22.090 Stenographers.
3.22.100 Compensation for bringing dead body to shore.

Editor's note:

Sections 58.700 through 58.765 R.S.Mo. (1975 Cumm. Supp.) provide for the replacement of the office of coroner for the city of St. Louis by the office of medical examiner at the end of the current term of office, i.e. January 1, 1977. The validity of these statutes was upheld in State ex rel. McClellan v. Godfrey, 519 S.W. 2d 4 (Mo. 1975).

Morgue, see Ch. 11.48 Part VI

Salaries, see Ch. 4.42


58.010--58.205 Coroners--General provisions

58.210--58.250 Coroner in St. Louis

58.260--58.620 Inquests

Ops. Atty. Gen:

When the office of the coroner of the city becomes vacant it is the duty of the governor to appoint a successor who shall serve until the end of the four year term to which the one vacating the office was elected. No. 46, April 27, 1960.

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3.22.010 Bond.

Before the coroner shall enter upon the duties of his office he shall give bond to the state of Missouri in the sum of ten thousand dollars.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 127: 1960 C. 18.010.)

3.22.020 Inquests and deaths to be reported.

It shall be the duty of the coroner to report weekly all inquests, and all deaths coming within his official knowledge, to the health commissioner.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 128: 1960 C. 18.020.)

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The law invests the coroner with no authority to have an autopsy performed except in connection with an inquest. Crenshaw v. O'Connel, 150 S.W. 2d 489, 235 Mo. App. 1085 (1941).

3.22.030 Method of paying expenses of inquests.

The coroner shall present to the comptroller a certified statement of all the costs and expenses for the inquest, including the fees of jurors, witnesses and others entitled to fees for which the city is liable. He shall give to each person a certificate of the amount of fees due him in each case, and the comptroller shall cause the certificate to be audited without delay and shall draw a warrant in favor of any person to whom any fees, costs or expenses are due. The fees, costs or expenses shall be paid by the treasurer to the person upon his order in writing endorsed on the warrant.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 129: 1960 C. 18.030.)

3.22.040 Post-mortem fees.

When a physician or surgeon shall be called on by the coroner to conduct a postmortem examination, the Mayor shall be authorized to allow the physician or surgeon a fee not exceeding twenty-five dollars, which shall be paid out of the treasury in the usual manner.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 130: 1960 C. 18.040.)

3.22.050 Statement of fees to be filed.

The Coroner and his deputy shall, at the end of every month, file in the Comptroller's office a detailed statement, verified by affidavits, of all fees collected or received by them, respectively, during the month and shall pay the amount thereof into the City Treasury, taking duplicate receipts, one of which shall be filed with the Comptroller.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 131: 1960 C. 18.050.)

3.22.060 Deputies.

The Coroner may appoint two deputies and one clerk. The deputies shall take the same oath, possess the same powers and perform the same duties as the Coroner. The Coroner shall be responsible for all the official acts of his employees.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 132: 1960 C. 18.060.)

3.22.070 Reporter--Appointment.

The Coroner shall appoint a shorthand reporter who shall hold office at the pleasure of the Coroner.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 134 (part): 1960 C. 18.070 (part).)

3.22.080 Reporter--Duties--Fees.

It shall be the duty of the shorthand reporter:

A. To take all testimony at inquests when and where the Coroner requests him so to do;

B. To furnish typewritten transcripts of such testimony for the use of the Coroners office and the courts in which they may be needed;

C. To do other shorthand work as may be required by the Coroner;

D. To furnish certified copies of testimony so taken upon the order of the Coroner to any citizen who may ask it, upon payment for such copies at a rate of not more than fifteen cents for one hundred words.

The fee charged for certified copies of testimony shall be collected by the Coroner, who shall at the end of each month render to the Comptroller a correct account of collections, and shall at the same time pay to the Treasurer the amount collected during the preceding month.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 135: 1960 C. 18.070 (part).)

3.22.090 Stenographers.

The Coroner is authorized to employ two assistant stenographers.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 136.)

3.22.100 Compensation for bringing dead body to shore.

If a dead body is found floating in the river the Coroner may, in his discretion, pay to some person for bringing it to the shore a sum not exceeding two dollars, which shall be allowed him by the Mayor and paid in the usual manner.
(1948 C. Ch. 2 137: 1960 C. 18.080.)

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