The Coroner's Office conducts independent investigations of deaths in Charleston County, serving as a representative of the decedents and survivors. The investigation's purpose is to determine the cause and manner of death and ensure that the circumstances surrounding it are thoroughly understood.
Autopsy - A through external and internal examination of a deceased person which includes the dissection and examination of bone, tissue, organs and foreign objects for the purpose of determining the cause and manner of death.
Book of Inquisitions - A record of all inquests within the county, together with evidence taken before juries and all proceedings conducted before or after the Coroner's findings.
Coroner's Inquest - An official judicial inquiry before a Coroner and Coroner's Jury for the purpose of determining the manner of death.
Victim-Witness Assistance Program - A program that provides assistance to victims and witnesses by: making available information concerning their cases; supporting their rights to protection from intimidation; making referrals to medical, social, counseling and compensation services; assisting in preparation for court; and supporting families or survivors of victims.
Internships with the Charleston County Coroner’s Office are available to students who are looking to gain knowledge and experience in the area of both forensic nursing and/or medicolegal death investigation. Preferred candidates are currently enrolled in a college or university program that requires an internship for graduation.
Opioid/Drug Related Deaths
Forensic Autopsies Completed
November 01, 2021
Charleston County Coroner named President of Coroner's Association
February 23, 2015
Charleston County Coroner's Office Accreditation
October 06, 2022
Coroner O'Neal comments on IACME joining the CFSO
September 12, 2022
Charleston County Coroner’s Office Receives Emergency Preparedness Grant
The King of England appointed the first Coroner of South Carolina by relocating him from England to Charleston. Until 1706, the only Coroner in the colony lived in Charleston. Beginning in 1785, Justices of the County Court selected the Coroners who were commissioned by the Governor for two-year terms. Since 1868, and in accordance with the S.C. Constitution, each of the state's 46 counties have elected a Coroner to four-year terms.
City of Charleston
City of Folly Beach
City of North Charleston
City of Isle of Palms
Town of Awendaw
Town of Hollywood
Town of James Island
Town of Kiawah Island
Town of Lincolnville
Town of McClellanville
Town of Meggett
Town of Mount Pleasant
Town of Ravenel
Town of Rockville
Town of Seabrook Island
Town of Sullivan's Island
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