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    What kinds of reports are produced?

    The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office commonly produces three reports:

    1. Death investigation report.
    2. Physician examination report (with or without diagrams).
    3. Toxicology report.

    Depending upon the complexity of a case, there may be many other reports including bacterial/viral cultures, special chemistry, heavy metal and other poison panels, anthropology, human identification, criminalistics, etc.

    Chapter §552 of the Texas Government Code addresses the topic of open government and public information in Texas, and sets forth the requirements that allow citizens access to information on action taken by governmental bodies.  Section §552.021 allows public dissemination of information that is written, produced, collected, assembled or maintained under a law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business.  Under the public records statute, all written records generated by the medical examiner in the performance of his duties are public records and may be released upon request to any citizen.

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    Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §49.25 Sec. 11(a)

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    Texas Health and Safety Code §671.011

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