§ 68-4-101 Notice of Death Occurring While Receiving Medical Attention or in Institution — Action Taken Upon Expiration of Eight Hours — Penalty
§ 68-4-102 Disposition of Unclaimed Bodies of Persons Dying in Charitable or Penal Institutions or to Be Buried at Public Expense
§ 68-4-103 Persons Dying in Publicly-Supported Institutions or to Be Buried at Public Expense — Notice to Relatives — Notice to Chief Medical Examiner — Removal of Body — Embalming — Infectious or Contagious Cases
§ 68-4-104 Distribution of Bodies Among Medical, Dental and Anthropologic Institutions — Receiving Institution to Pay Expense
§ 68-4-105 Bodies to Be Used Only for Promotion of Science — Surrender to Relative Upon Demand
§ 68-4-106 Resolution of Conflict Regarding the Person Authorized to Direct Disposition of Remains in the Event of Death When Military Personnel in a Duty Status
§ 68-4-107 Penalty for Violations of §§ 68-4-102 — 68-4-109
§ 68-4-108 Expenses to Be Borne by Medical, Dental and Anthropologic Institutions
§ 68-4-109 Immunity From Civil Suit
§ 68-4-110 Regulations Governing Disinterment
§ 68-4-111 Autopsy by Consent of Persons Having Custody of Body
§ 68-4-112 Rigid Containers Not Mandatory for Remains of Certain Children
§ 68-4-113 Cremation of Unclaimed Dead Body

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 68 > Chapter 4 - Disposition of Dead Bodies

  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • 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.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • 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.
  • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • 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
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • 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
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Victim advocate: work with prosecutors and assist the victims of a crime.
  • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105