In small counties such as San Juan, the duties of the County coroner are combined with the prosecuting attorney. The coroner is responsible for investigating and certifying the cause of death in those cases where death is sudden, unexpected, or the result of an accident or unlawful means. Amy S. Vira and other deputies are available 24/7 to respond to a death, and to investigate and answer questions.
Because we are trained as lawyers, not doctors, we rely on the assistance of many others to accomplish our work. We coordinate with sheriff deputies, local doctors and medical staff, hospice workers, forensic pathologists, regional medical examiners, investigators, and family members and next of kin.