New fatal accidents inquiry law comes into force in Scotland

Changes to the law governing fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) in Scotland will bring the legal framework for the process “into the 21st century”, the Scottish Government has said.16 Jun 2017

An FAI is a judicial process which investigates and determines the circumstances of some deaths occurring in Scotland. Currently, an FAI must take place when someone dies in custody in prison or in a police station, or a death is caused by an accident at work. They can be held in other circumstances if it is thought to be in the public interest. FAIs take place before a sheriff, who is required to produce a determination setting out time, place and cause of death, and any precautions or defects in the system which could have prevented the death.

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