|person and to the trustees or owners of the cemetery, burial ground or place of burial where the body is buried before the body is exhumed unless the State Coroner is satisfied it is not possible to do so.|
|If the senior next of kin asks the State Coroner not to exhume the body, the body must not be exhumed until 48 hours after the request has been made.|
|Within 48 hours after receiving notice of the decisions, the senior next of kin may apply to the Supreme Court for an order that the body not be exhumed.|
|The Supreme Court may make an order that a body be exhumed if it is satisfied that it is desirable in the circumstances.|
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