Forensic pathology is a branch of pathology concerned with determining the cause of death by examination of a corpse. The autopsy is performed by a coroner or medical examiner usually during the investigation of criminal lawcases and civil law cases in some jurisdictions. Coroners and medical examiners are also frequently asked to confirm the identity of a corpse. Also see forensic medicine.
The word forensics is derived from the Latin forēnsis meaning forum.
Scope of forensic pathology
Forensic pathology is an application of medical jurisprudence. The forensic pathologist: