Dr. Joseph Campbell
The Bucks County Coroner's chief duty is to investigate all sudden, unexplained, or violent deaths occurring within the county. When no physician has attended the deceased, burial is not permitted until the coroner issues a certificate stating the cause of death. If the cause of death cannot be otherwise determined, an inquest and an autopsy will be ordered. In case of death which might have resulted from a criminal act or neglect, the coroner conducts an inquest and calls witnesses as a sitting magistrate to find criminal negligence or intent. If criminal intent is found, the case is then bound over to the Court of Common Pleas. In some cases, the coroner may require the assistance of a six-person jury which is selected at random from the jury candidate roll. The coroner is in charge of all county forensic services.
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Fulfilling a long-time commitment to build the Bucks County’s first-ever forensic facility – a $7 million complex that combines the resources of the Coroner’s office, District Attorney and county detective office under one, state-of-the-art roof – Bucks County Commissioners Charles H. Martin, chairman, James F. Cawley, Esq. and Sandra A. Miller today cut the ribbon to officially open the building in Warminster Twp. It is located at 850 Eagle Way in Warminster Twp., on Jacksonville Rd. between Bristol and Street roads.
The project, initially approved during the Nov. 2, 2005 commissioners’ meeting in the neighboring Warminster Twp. municipal building, will allow Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell and his staff to conduct all post-mortem operations in one centralized facility. The building can hold up to 70 corpses, which will be housed in a refrigerated room, creating a regional mass casualty repository should the need arise. A small freezer will be available for long-term storage of unclaimed bodies – which are becoming more prevalent. The endeavor represents an enormous upgrade for the county, as autopsies previously were performed at area hospitals. The facility includes a state-of-the-art crime lab, which will allow investigators to conduct an in-house array of forensic testing which previously had to be outsourced.
Bucks County Coroner
Dr. Joseph Campbell
850 Eagle Boulevard
Warminster, PA 18974