2017 ORS 146.003¹
Definitions for ORS 146.003 to 146.189 and 146.710 to 146.992

As used in ORS 146.003 (Definitions for ORS 146.003 to 146.189 and 146.710 to 146.992) to 146.189 (Use of records to identify human remains and missing persons) and 146.710 (Definition for ORS 146.710 to 146.780) to 146.992 (Penalties), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) “Approved laboratory” means a laboratory approved by the Chief Medical Examiner as competent to perform the blood sample analysis required by ORS 146.113 (Authority to order removal of body fluids) (2).

(2) “Assistant district medical examiner” means a physician appointed by the district medical examiner to investigate and certify deaths within a county or district.

(3) “Cause of death” means the primary or basic disease process or injury ending life.

(4) “Death requiring investigation” means the death of a person occurring in any one of the circumstances set forth in ORS 146.090 (Deaths requiring investigation).

(5) “District medical examiner” means a physician appointed by the Chief Medical Examiner to investigate and certify deaths within a county or district, including a Deputy State Medical Examiner.

(6) “Law enforcement agency” means a county sheriff’s office, municipal police department, police department established by a university under ORS 352.121 (University police departments and officers) or 353.125 (Creation of police department and commission of police officers) and the Oregon State Police.

(7) “Legal intervention” includes an execution pursuant to ORS 137.463 (Death warrant hearing), 137.467 (Delivery of warrant when place of trial changed) and 137.473 (Means of inflicting death) and other legal use of force resulting in death.

(8) “Manner of death” means the designation of the probable mode of production of the cause of death, including natural, accidental, suicidal, homicidal, legal intervention or undetermined.

(9) “Medical examiner” means a physician appointed as provided by ORS 146.003 (Definitions for ORS 146.003 to 146.189 and 146.710 to 146.992) to 146.189 (Use of records to identify human remains and missing persons) to investigate and certify the cause and manner of deaths requiring investigation, including the Chief Medical Examiner.

(10) “Medical-legal death investigator” means a person appointed by the district medical examiner to assist in the investigation of deaths within a county.

(11) “Pathologist” means a physician holding a current license to practice medicine and surgery and who is eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology.

(12) “Unidentified human remains” does not include human remains that are unidentified human remains that are part of an archaeological site or suspected of being Native American and covered under ORS chapters 97 and 390 and ORS 358.905 (Definitions for ORS 358.905 to 358.961) to 358.961 (Time limitations on actions or proceedings). [1973 c.408 §1a; 1995 c.744 §17; 2007 c.500 §1; 2011 c.506 §18; 2013 c.180 §18; 2017 c.151 §3]

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1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 146—Investigations of Deaths, Injuries and Missing Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors146.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 146, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano146.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.