Coroner

Header 3The Newton County Coroner’s Office is located in the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Covington. The office is staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the Coroner or a Deputy Coroner is available as needed 24 hours a day.

Motto 

docet mortem animam (Death teaches the living)

Mission 

To accurately determine the identity of deceased, cause and manner of death, through a fair, ethical, and forensic based medicolegal death investigation, by competent, highly trained professionals, while providing a compassionate approach to the community, thereby enhancing our understanding of death and dying.

Vision

To provide dignity for the deceased, compassion for the living, service for our partnering public safety agencies, and integrity of the Coroner’s Office to the citizens of Newton County.

Death Investigation

The Georgia Death Investigation Act (O.C.G.A. 45-16-20) requires that the coroner or county medical examiner of the county where the body is found or the death occurs be notified and that a medical examiner's inquiry be made in all deaths that occur in this state that meet the following criteria:

  • As a result of violence;
  • By suicide or casualty;
  • Suddenly when in apparent good health;
  • When unattended by a physician; no person shall be deemed to have died unattended when the death occurred while the person was a patient of a hospice licensed under Article 9 of Chapter 7 of Title 31 of the Georgia Code.
  • In any suspicious or unusual manner, with particular attention to those persons 16 years of age and under;
  • After birth but before seven years of age if the death is unexpected or unexplained;
  • As a result of an execution carried out pursuant to the imposition of the death penalty under Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 17;
  • When an inmate of a state hospital or a state, county, or city penal institution; or
  • After having been admitted to a hospital in an unconscious state and without regaining consciousness within 24 hours of admission.

Employees

The Newton County Coroner's Office takes great pride in representing Newton County, serving the citizens, and always strives to be professional and compassionate when carrying out its duties. 

Training

The coroner and deputy coroners all receive their training annually from the Georgia Coroner’s Training Council and are all members of the Georgia Coroner’s Association. The training is held various times throughout the year at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth County. The minimum training is 28 hours annually. However, the Newton County Coroner’s Office staff also attends other training and participates in various field exercises.

The training consist of the following: 

  • Blood Pattern Analysis
  • Case Studies
  • Crash Investigations
  • Evidence Collection
  • Legal Updates
    Photography
  • Sharp Force Injuries
  • Wound Identification in Gunshot Wound Ranges