No. The law only requires that the medical examiner perform an “inquest,” or inquiry into a reportable death. It is at the discretion and learned judgment of the medical examiner whether performance of an autopsy is warranted. In about one-fifth of the cases investigated by the medical examiner’s office, an autopsy is deemed necessary. In some cases, the medical examiner may perform a limited or partial autopsy, which is allowed under the laws governing the medical examiner’s office.
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