Coroner/Medical Examiner

General Information
The Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office is notified to investigate approximately 33% of the deaths occurring in Jefferson County. Notification is made when there is suspicion of criminal violence or criminal neglect, when death occurs in suspicious or unusual circumstances and when deaths are thought to result from trauma or violence, in any prison or penal institution, when in police custody, or deaths due to disease constituting a hazard to public health when requested in writing by the County Health Officer.
The Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office does not provide copies of death certificates. This document must be obtained through the Jefferson County Department of Health or the State of Alabama Department of Vital Records.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office is to establish the identity of human remains and to determine the cause, manner, and circumstances surrounding death in all sudden and unexpected deaths occurring in Jefferson County, Alabama.

History of the Coroner's Office

Medicolegal Death Investigation
What is a Medicolegal Death Investigation?

Annual Reports
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report 
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

For Next of Kin and Families
Order for Release of Property/DNA
Family Information Brochure - English
Family Information Brochure - Spanish

For Hospice Companies
Notification of Hospice Death     (example: notification of hospice death)

For Funeral Homes, Crematories, and Mortuaries
Order for Release of Body
Cremation Request                     (example: cremation request)

Requirements and Guidelines for Notification of Death
Requirements and Guidelines for Notification of Death

Unidentified Persons

Unidentified Persons: Jefferson County, Alabama

Unclaimed PersonsNational Association of Medical Examiners

Unclaimed Persons: Jefferson County, Alabama
NAMUS Unclaimed Persons Database

Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office
Cooper Green Mercy Health Services
1515 Sixth Avenue South, Suite 220
Birmingham, AL 35233

Maps & Directions
Cooper Green Mercy Health ServicesAmerican Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators

Phone Numbers
Office: (205) 930-3603
Fax:    (205) 930-3595