Year: 1986 Source: Journal of Forensic Science, v.31, no.3, (July 1986), p.1000-1008 SIEC No: 19870377

The certification of suicide as the mode of death is often contested in court by the survivors, particularly if life insurance benefits are at stake. Certification of suicide must meet the standard of proof required in law if it is to be sustained by the courts. Standard of proof & contingent common law doctrines are discussed, with reference to judicial opinions from cases involving contested suicides. (28 refs.)