Is there a charge for an autopsy?

The GBI Crime Lab decides, based on information from the Coroner's Office, which cases will be accepted for autopsy according to Georgia Statues. Most Child deaths, Homicides, Suicides and Natural deaths that meet certain criteria will require autopsies. In the event that the GBI declines an autopsy request, the family of the deceases may request a private autopsy through our office with a licensed pathologist. The cost for a private autopsy can run between $2000 to $5000 depending on the extent of the exam and any additional testing.  

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1. How long does it normally take for a death certificate to be signed and returned through the Coroner's Office?
2. How do I request a copy of a death certificate?
3. Is there a charge for an autopsy?
4. How to obtain a Coroner’s report, autopsy report and toxicology report?
5. What is a pending case?
6. Who is "Next of Kin" and "Release of Remains"