Unless stated otherwise, all references to Statutory rules made by parliament or by bodies the parliament delegates power to, for example a local council or a registration authority. See delegated legislation; statute. in this ‘Registration of a death’ section are references to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 1996 (Vic).
Under section 34 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic) (‘BDMR Act’), when a person dies in Victoria, their death must be registered in Victoria. When a person dies outside of Victoria, but leaves assets in Victoria, their death may be registered in Victoria (s 34).
A doctor who attended a person during their last illness, or who examined the body after death, must sign and send to the BDM The officer in charge of the administrative section of a court, which is known as the registry. See also prothonotary. a notification of the death, as prescribed by section 37(1) of the BDMR Act, within 48 hours of the death.
This notification must be supplemented by a completed form given to the BDM registrar within seven days of the disposal of the body by the funeral director or the person who has Lawful control over a person which prevents them leaving. A person under arrest is in police custody and is not free to go. A person in prison is serving a custodial sentence that keeps them confined to the prison grounds. of the body (s 39(1)).
The name and address of the medical practitioner who certified the death can be found in the schedule 5 form (under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 1997 (Vic)) entitled ‘Notice of signing medical certificate concerning death’. A copy of this form must be delivered or sent to one of the persons required to notify the BDM registrar within 48 hours of the death. This notice, however, shall not be issued if the doctor is required to report the death to a coroner or a police officer (s 37(4)).
Where a death occurs in hospital, these legal requirements A document that sets out what a person wants to happen to their money and other property after they die. be seen to by the medical staff (s 39(1)). If the death occurs in a private house, by the funeral director. If the services of a funeral director have not been obtained and the death occurs in a private house, notification must be forwarded to the BDM registrar in the prescribed form. This form can be obtained, free of (1) A statement giving the details of a crime an accused person is claimed to have committed. (2) A personal property security. (3) A judge’s directions to a jury at the end of a case., from the office of the BDM registrar by the person disposing of the body (s 39(1)).
If the remains are not disposed of within 30 days of the death, the funeral director or the person disposing of the body must notify the registrar of this fact in the manner prescribed by the registrar. Failure to do so is an A criminal act prohibited by state or commonwealth criminal law. An offence is either a summary offence (minor) or an indictable offence (serious). (s 39(2)).