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For Legal Professionals

How to Request a Report (Legal Professionals)

You may request a copy of the final Report of Examination by sending an original or photocopied standard medical information release form that has a notarized signature of the next-of-kin and is dated within the previous 90 days. A copy of a Report of Examination, which includes toxicology results, requires a fee of $35 paid in advance (make checks payable to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office).  Requests along with the check can be mailed to our office. 

Additional records regarding the case are kept in the case file at our office and are available upon proper request and the payment of additional fees, depending on the documents.  Call (801-816-3850) or email to inquire as to the applicable fees.  There are no fees for records requested by the District Attorney having jurisdiction over the death. 

Records maintained by the OME are not public records nor do they fall under GRAMA guidelines.  A Subpoena Duces Tecum is an invalid method of requesting records from us.  Release of OME records to a third party is only possible by means of a notarized release from the next-of-kin or legal representative.   A court order issued by a Utah court is also acceptable.

For Legal Professionals

Consultation and Testimony

Testimony, Consultation and Expert Witness Fees

Consultation and testimony for criminal proceedings falling under OME jurisdiction are free of charge for both prosecution and defense council.  Please schedule an appointment when requesting a pre-trial conference.

Deaths occurring on federal lands that result in criminal proceedings will incur a fee of $500/hr. for preparation, consultation, travel and testimony as outlined by the State of Utah Fee Schedule.

For providing testimony in a non-criminal proceeding or in out-of-state criminal hearings, there will be an hourly fee for preparation, consultation, travel and testimony at the rate of $500/hr as outlined by the State of Utah Fee Schedule.  This fee is for services provided by the OME and is not paid to the consulting physician.  Checks should be made payable to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.

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