§ 17-7-10 Coroners or solicitors shall order autopsies; autopsy to be ordered upon death of persons in penal institutions
§ 17-7-15 Return of body after autopsy or medical examination
§ 17-7-20 Requirement of preliminary examination before formal inquest; issuance of burial permit, conclusion of inquiry or formal inquest
§ 17-7-25 Autopsy on unidentified body; preservation of DNA samples
§ 17-7-30 Findings on preliminary examination and filing of evidence
§ 17-7-40 Fees for preliminary examination
§ 17-7-70 Jurisdiction of coroners to take inquests
§ 17-7-80 Duties of coroner concerning motor vehicle, swimming, or boating accident deaths
§ 17-7-90 Persons subject to jury duty are liable to serve on an inquest
§ 17-7-100 Mode of summoning a jury
§ 17-7-110 Procedures to be followed by person directed to summon jury; compensation
§ 17-7-120 Form of warrant to summon jury
§ 17-7-130 Execution and return of warrant; officer or juror subject to penalty for failure to perform
§ 17-7-140 Number of jurors and oath
§ 17-7-150 Coroner shall charge jury
§ 17-7-160 Inquiry in case of suicide
§ 17-7-170 Coroner’s power to issue warrants and to summon and examine witnesses
§ 17-7-175 Coroner’s power to issue subpoena duces tecum
§ 17-7-180 Disregard of summons or refusal to testify
§ 17-7-190 Coroner may punish for contempt
§ 17-7-200 Coroner’s power to adjourn the jury and bind jurors
§ 17-7-210 Supplying places of absent jurors
§ 17-7-220 Oath of witnesses
§ 17-7-230 Coroner shall take testimony in writing and bind over or commit witnesses
§ 17-7-240 Duty to render verdict; form
§ 17-7-250 Form of conclusion of inquisition where deceased was wilfully killed
§ 17-7-260 Form of conclusion of inquisition where death was not wilful but by the hands of another
§ 17-7-270 Form of conclusion of inquisition in case of death by self-murder
§ 17-7-280 Form of conclusion of inquisition in case of death by means unknown
§ 17-7-290 Form of conclusion of inquisition in case of death by mischance
§ 17-7-300 Form of attestation clause; signature to inquisition
§ 17-7-310 Return of inquisition and evidence to clerk
§ 17-7-320 Endorsement on return of inquisition and evidence
§ 17-7-330 Coroner’s Book of Inquisitions
§ 17-7-340 Compensation and mileage allowed coroner’s jurors

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 17 > Chapter 7 > Article 1 - Autopsies, Preliminary Examinations, and Inquests

  • Adjourn: A motion to adjourn a legislative chamber or a committee, if passed, ends that day's session.
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Dower: A widow
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Executive session: A portion of the Senate's daily session in which it considers executive business.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Legislative session: That part of a chamber's daily session in which it considers legislative business (bills, resolutions, and actions related thereto).
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Mortgagor: The person who pledges property to a creditor as collateral for a loan and who receives the money.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena duces tecum: A command to a witness to produce documents.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.