Arguing the Autopsy: mutual suspicion, jurisdictional confusion and the socially marginal

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Carpenter, Belinda, Tait, Gordon and Quadrelli, Carol. 2013. "Arguing the Autopsy: mutual suspicion, jurisdictional confusion and the socially marginal." Tauri, Juan and Richards, Kelly (ed.) 2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013). Brisbane, Australia 2013 Australia.
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Arguing the Autopsy: mutual suspicion, jurisdictional confusion and the socially marginal

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsCarpenter, Belinda (Author), Tait, Gordon (Author) and Quadrelli, Carol (Author)
EditorsTauri, Juan and Richards, Kelly
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013)
Number of Pages9
Year2013
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISBN9780987467843
Conference/Event2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013)
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2nd International Conference Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013)
Event Date
2013
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

Vulnerable and marginalised populations are not only over-represented in the criminal justice system, but also in civil jurisdictions like the coronial system. Moreover, many of the personnel who deal with criminal matters, especially in rural and regional areas, are also those who manage the coronial death investigation. This movement back and forth between civil and criminal jurisdictions is difficult for the both professional personnel and the families, but especially for those families who may also have had dealings with these personnel in the criminal justice system, or who present as suspicious due to larger historical and global issues. While coronial legislation now allows families to raise cultural and religious concerns about the process, particularly to do with the autopsy of their loved one, this also requires them to identify themselves to police at the initial stage of the death investigation. This paper, part of a larger body of work on autopsy decision making, discusses the ways in which this information is gathered by police, how it is communicated through the system, the ways in which families are supported through the process, and the difficulties that ensue.

Keywordscoronial system, marginalized communities, autopsy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480599. Legal systems not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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Australian Research Council (ARC)
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