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Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs) reform: consultation now closed

2014 September 22
by Mary Munro

Update

“Yet one more reason for speeding up FAI process” Herald

Following posted on 12.9.14

“Advocates resist Fatal Accident Inquiries moving from courts” Herald
“Faculty rejects dedicated FAI centres proposal” Law Society Journal Online
“Action needed on pre-FAI delays, APIL claims” Law Society Journal Online

“Lawyers call for more action to speed up FAIs” Herald

Following posted on 14.7.14

“Why FAI system needs reform of pace and place” Herald
“Special fatal accident inquiry hubs to end delay for families” Herald

“Bid to cut time taken to carry out Fatal Accident Inquiries” Herald

Following posted on 03.7.14

“Concern over death probe delays” Herald
“Call for overhaul of FAI system to spare families years of distress” STV
“Ministers consult on fatal accident inquiry reform” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 02.7.14

“A poor beginning to limit FAI delays” Herald
“Failure to end FAI delays is condemned by families” Herald

Following posted on 14.1.14

“Families frozen out of death inquiries, MSPs hear” Scotsman
“Holyrood committee hears Fife family’s plea for death inquiry reforms” Courier

Following posted on 22.11.13

“MSP’s FAI proposals could have unwelcome consequences: Faculty” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 01.8.13

“Bid to overhaul fatal accident inquiries process” Scotsman
“Scotland Fatal Accident Inquiry overhaul consultation starts” BBC

Following posted on 03.5.13

“The Scottish judicial system leaps to attack the Scottish Review” Scottish Review

Following posted on 02.5.13

“Natasha’s family go on waiting while the sheriff goes on holiday” Scottish Review

Following posted on 17.9.12

“Reform to Scottish forces inquest laws welcomed” BBC

Following posted on 29.3.11

“In 2008, the Scottish Government appointed Lord Cullen of Whitekirk to review the operation of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiries (Scotland) Act 1976, which governs the system of judicial investigation of sudden or unexpected deaths in Scotland.The review sought to ensure that Scotland had an effective and practical system of public inquiry into deaths which was fit for the 21st century. Lord Cullen completed his review in November 2009. Since then, we have been carefully considering each of Lord Cullen’s 36 recommendations in consultation with colleagues in the Scottish Court Service and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, as a number of the recommendations had implications for them.I am pleased to say we have been able to agree with the majority of Lord Cullen’s recommendations and, where we have been unable to do so, we have given our reasons for that.” Scottish Government Response to the Recommendations from the Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation (March 2011)

Following posted on 1.2.10

“Government urged to end delays in death inquiries” Herald

Following posted on 4.11.09

“Review calls for hearings when Scots die abroad” Herald
“Accident inquiries” Herald
“Judge calls for law change over fatal accident inquiries” Press and Journal
“Report recommends Fatal Accident Inquiry overhaul” STV
“Sudden death law review will ease anguish” Times

Following posted on 21.11.08

“Fatal accident inquiry consultation launched “ Holyrood.com
“Cullen review publishes FAI consultation” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 20.11.08

“Judge aims to improve FAI system” BBC
“Talks on reform of fatal accident inquiry legislation in Scotland launched” Press and Journal
“FAI recommendations may become binding” Scotsman

Following posted on 17.6.08

“Call to improve prison deaths inquiry system” Holyrood.com

Following posted on 28.3.08

“FAIs: a new lease of life” Law Society Journal Online (April 2008)

“FAIs on soldiers ‘a matter for Scottish ministers’” Herald
” Review of Fatal Accident Inquiries” Holyrood.com
“Fatal Accident Inquires under review” Herald
“Judge probes how FAI system works” BBC
“Fatal accident inquiries probe welcomed by campaigners” Herald
“Lord Cullen to review law on fatal accident inquiries” Scotsman
“Lord Cullen to review fatal accident inquiries” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 22.4.05

“Change law on death crashes, say family” Times
“Family want death probe laws changed” Evening Times

Following posted on 11.2.04

“Call to review death inquiries”An urgent review of fatal accident inquiries into deaths in custody has been demanded by campaigners. It follows complaints from a number of bereaved relatives who were completely dissatisfied with way they work. The concerns raised have prompted wider questions over the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act of 1976. The Scottish Human Rights Centre is now urging the Scottish Executive to examine the legislation …” BBC

Press release

“Consultation into FAIs opens” Scot. Gov. (July 2014)

“Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation (November 2009)” Scot.Gov.
“Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation (November 2008)” Scot.Gov.
“Review of fatal accident inquiries” Scot.Gov. (March 2008)

See also

Consultation on proposals to reform Fatal Accident Inquiries legislation (Scot.Gov. July 2014)

Scottish Government Response to the Recommendations from the Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation (March 2011)
Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation: The Report (November 2009)
Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation (Scottish Government web section)
Petition by Guje Borgesson calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that the new specialist deaths unit being created by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is able to investigate retrospective and current cases of suspicious deaths, including after a Fatal Accident Inquiry has taken place, where the bereaved can reasonably demonstrate that the circumstances of the death were suspicious and that there is a robust and open mechanism, involving the families, for an independent review of such suspicious deaths PE1332 (2010)
Scottish Parliament Official Report 27.3.08: Fatal Accident Inquiries Debate
Petition by Dr Kenneth Faulds and Julie Love calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to give the same level of protection to the families of people from Scotland who die abroad as is currently in place for people from England by amending the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 to require the holding of a fatal accident inquiry when a person from Scotland dies abroad PE1280 (2009)
Petition calling for action to be taken in relation to the Crown Office’s decisions and consideration in prosecuting road traffic deaths PE029 (2005)
Petition calling for the Scottish Parliament to conduct an investigation to establish why the full powers of the law are not enforced in all cases which involve death by dangerous driving. PE055 (2004)

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