Notice: OCC announces electronic warrants Toronto East West
Notice to the Profession: Message from OCC –
Office of the Chief Coroner announces new Case Management System including electronic warrants starting in
Toronto East and Toronto West regions May 17
Effective Monday, May 17, 2021
Starting May 17, electronic Warrants for Postmortem and Warrants to Bury will start to be used for Death Investigations in the Toronto East and Toronto West regions of the Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC) for Ontario.
These documents will therefore not be transferred with the body to the Forensic Pathology units.
The phased implementation of this new system will continue in Toronto following its successful start in the Kingston region and will later expand to other regions of the province.
Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) licensees will be alerted to attend at scenes as they have in the past. Licensees will receive electronic documents accordingly for Medical Certificates of Death and Warrants to Bury from coroners or the forensic pathology units.
The change to an electronic process for the documents is all part of the implementation of an integrated case management solution for Death Investigation cases in Ontario by the OCC at the Ministry of the Solicitor General.
The initiative enhances the management of Death Investigations by gaining efficiencies with partners and providing a paperless solution across the province. The OCC and the ministry note that this paperless solution will further strengthen document transmission, security and confidentiality across partners and regional offices.
For any questions, BAO licensees may email:
Dr. Bonnie Burke, M.D. FRCPC
Regional Supervising Coroner – Toronto East Region
Dr. Richard Wells, M.D. FRCPC
Regional Supervising Coroner – Toronto West Region