Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology – Medico – Legal Services

Judicial Medical Officer Services

This includes Forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine. These are provided to six police areas (Welikada,  Wellampitiya,  Thalangama, Mulleriyawa, Athurugiriya and Nawagamuwa)

  • Medico-legal investigation of sudden,unexpected or unnatural deaths by performing autopsies and other relevant special investigations.
  • Visit scenes of crime /death to assist police and courts in reconstruction of incidents.
  • Conduct microscopic, serological, chemical and other examination of organs, tissues and fluids taken from deceased persons.
  • Provide expert advice to Government Medical Officers in performing postmortem examination.
  • Perform exhumations and postmortem examinations on exhumed bodies.
  • Assist police to identify deceased persons or skeletal remains by examining specimens produce.
  • Perform medico-legal examinations of victims of assaults and accidents.
  • Examine and report on cases of drunkenness, victims of sexual assaults, persons in custody, persons referred by courts for age estimation, human rights violations and other relevant special investigations.
  • Conduct relevant investigations in all the above cases.


  • Provide   expert   advice   to   the   judiciary   and   the   Attorney-General’s   Department   when   required.
  • Entomological   studies.

Other Services

Education of police, lawyers, magistrates, probation officers and other related professionals on various aspects of Forensic Medicine is undertaken by the academic staff.