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390.31 SIMPLIFIED INVESTIGATIONS OF DEATH.
    Subdivision 1. Purpose. Sections 390.31 to 390.35 provide a simplified system for the
investigation of the death of any person when the county attorney determines that an investigation
is necessary and provide for professional assistance to those making the investigation. It is
declared to be in the public interest for medical doctors to conduct the medical investigations
deemed necessary under the supervision of the county attorney and, if a trial is deemed necessary,
that it be held in a court of record.
    Subd. 2. Jury fees. Each juror sworn in an action pending before a sheriff on a writ of inquiry
shall receive $3 to be paid, in the first instance in all civil actions, by the party calling for the jurors.
    Subd. 3. Disqualification of sheriff. When the sheriff is a party to an action or when any
party, or the party's agent or attorney, files with the court administrator of the district court an
affidavit stating that the party believes the sheriff, because of partiality, prejudice, consanguinity,
or interest, will not faithfully perform the sheriff's duties in an action commenced, or about to be
commenced, the court administrator shall direct process in the action to the county attorney. The
attorney shall perform the duties of the sheriff relative to the action in the manner required for
a sheriff.
History: 1971 c 367 s 1; 1983 c 359 s 58; 1985 c 265 art 7 s 1; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82