Office of the State Pathologist Annual Report 2018
The 2018 Annual Report is the second formal Annual Report of the Office. It sets out the complex work undertaken by the forensic pathologists, and the challenges and opportunities facing the OSP in the years ahead.
The OSP provides a national, year round, forensic pathology service. Its role is to provide independent expert advice on matters relating to forensic pathology and perform post mortem examinations in cases where foul play is suspected. Forensic pathologists provide expert opinion at the inquest and court proceedings arising out of a Garda investigation. This is a demanding brief and is ably delivered by a small, dedicated team. The OSP conducted 286 cases in 2018, a number that has slowly risen over the last few years. While 196 cases - roughly two thirds - were State forensic cases, 69 cases were non-forensic cases carried out by the Office.