Part 1 Post-Mortem Examination Act 38-7-101 – 38-7-119
Part 2 Tennessee Medical Examiner Advisory Council 38-7-201

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 38 > Chapter 7 - Post-Mortem Examinations

  • 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.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • 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.
  • Board: means the Tennessee collection service board. See Tennessee Code 62-20-102
  • Client: means any person who retains the services of a collection service and for such services directly provides the fee, commission or other compensation. See Tennessee Code 62-20-102
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Collection service: includes , but is not limited to:

    1. Any deputy sheriff, constable or other individual who, in the course of that person's duties, accepts any compensation other than that fixed by statute in connection with the collection of an account. See Tennessee Code 62-20-102
    2. Collection service license: means a license granted to a collection service. See Tennessee Code 62-20-102
    3. Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
    4. County mayor: means and includes "county executive" unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    5. Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
    6. Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
    7. Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
    8. Donor: The person who makes a gift.
    9. 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.
    10. Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
    11. Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
    12. Financially responsible: means capable, as demonstrated to the board's satisfaction, of sound financial management and fiscal discretion. See Tennessee Code 62-20-102
    13. Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
    14. Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
    15. Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
    16. 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.
    17. 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.
    18. Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    19. Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
    20. Person: means an individual, firm, corporation, association or other legal entity. See Tennessee Code 62-20-102
    21. Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    22. person: includes a natural person, corporation, firm, company, association or any other business entity. See Tennessee Code 10-7-503
    23. Personal representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    24. Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
    25. Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
    26. Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
    27. Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    28. Records custodian: means any office, official, or employee of any governmental entity lawfully responsible for the direct custody and care of a public record. See Tennessee Code 10-7-503
    29. Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
    30. Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    31. Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
    32. Solicitor: means any individual who is employed by or under contract with a collection service to solicit accounts or sell collection service forms or systems on its behalf. See Tennessee Code 62-20-102
    33. Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
    34. Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
    35. written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    36. Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105