S. 33(1) amended by Nos 10257 s. 85(f), 23/1994 s. 118(Sch. 1 item 27.18), 77/2008 s. 129(Sch. 2 item 12.5).
(1) If the designated officer for a hospital or, in a case to which section 32(2) applies, the registered medical practitioner, has reason to believe that the circumstances applicable in relation to the death of a person are such that a coroner has jurisdiction under the Coroners Act 2008 to investigate the death of the person the designated officer or the registered medical practitioner, as the case may be, shall not authorize the retention of the body of the deceased person for any of the purposes referred to in paragraph (c) or (d) of section 32(1) unless a coroner has given his consent to the retention of the body of the person.
(2) A coroner may give a direction either before or after the death of a person that his consent to the retention of the body of the person after the death of the person is not required and, in that event, subsection (1) does not apply to or in relation to the retention of the body of the person.
(3) A consent or direction by a coroner under this section may be expressed to be subject to such conditions as are specified in the consent or the direction.
(4) A consent or direction may be given orally by a coroner, and if so given shall be confirmed in writing.