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Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 382
VITAL STATISTICS
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F.S. 382.012
382.012 Presumptive death certificate.
(1) “Presumptive death” means a determination by a court of competent jurisdiction that:
(a) A death of a resident of this state has occurred or is presumed to have occurred, but the body of the person involved has not been located or recovered; or
(b) A death of a nonresident of this state has occurred or is presumed to have occurred in this state, but the body of the person involved has not been located or recovered.
(2) The department shall file a presumptive death certificate when ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction. In case of a presumptive death certificate, the medical certification of cause of death must be signed by the judge issuing the court order. A petitioner seeking a presumptive death certificate must include in the petition before the court all information necessary to complete the presumptive death certificate.
History.s. 10, ch. 87-387; s. 95, ch. 97-237.