EXHUMATION? Digging up dead bodies? Well, some people want to know the law, so we’ll give it to you.
You can’t dig up granny if you wanted to . . . . without a permit
And you can't bury her where you want to . . . . without a permit.
You must have a permit to do so issued by the Minister of Health under the Burials and Cremations Act 1964. We set out section below :
55. Unlawful exhumation---Any person who disinters or removes a body
or the remains of a body from a place where it is buried without a
licence under section 51 of this Act or in breach of the conditions of
any such licence commits an offence and shall be liable to a fine not
exceeding [$400] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months :
There are quite serious penalties imposed on people who commits offences in relation to dead bodies ranging from unlawful burials through to indecencies or indignities to human remains.
You should also look at Section 51.
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