Forensic pathology
Forensic autopsy report

Author: Terrill L. Tops, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 11 January 2017, last major update January 2013

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Definition / general
Cite this page: Opinion. website. Accessed October 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Probably the most important section of the autopsy report that will be read by lawyers, judges, law enforcement, insurance companies, lay public, and most importantly the decedent's family members
  • A well written and thought out opinion may reduce the need for the pathologist to be summoned to testify in a courtroom
  • An opinion section links the COD with MOD and describes all pertinent findings in paragraph form
  • The opinion section needs to be precise, factual, logical
  • Depending on the complexity of the case, an opinion section may be a few short sentences or several pages