Why are autopsies performed?

There are a number of reasons autopsies are performed. However, the basic reason is to determine the cause and manner of death when it is not known, also to gather evidence for presentation in a court of law. 

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1. How long does the office take to close its cases?
2. Is an autopsy always performed?
3. Can I come see him / her?
4. Can I get a copy of the autopsy report?
5. Is there any cost to the family?
6. What about funeral arrangements?
7. What information is released by the coroner?
8. When is a death a coroner's case?
9. Who performs the autopsy?
10. Why are autopsies performed?
11. Why is the Coroner involved in the death of my loved one?
12. Where do I obtain a Death Certificate?