Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

We are responsible for the medicolegal investigation and the certification of the cause of death and the manner of death for only those deaths under our jurisdiction (sudden, unexpected, or violent deaths); such as deaths outside a hospital or the care of a physician, accidental drug overdose, or suspected suicides or homicides. Find out more below.

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The mission of the OCME guides us to meet the highest standards of ethics, excellence, and empathy in the prompt investigation and determination of the cause and manner of those deaths under our jurisdiction, to deliver impartial forensic services for the community and the justice system, and to inform public health initiatives.


Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

1 Newhall Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

Mon to Fri, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

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