This consultation is to seek views on policy proposals for a prospective Bill on fatal accident inquiries in Scotland. The proposals, arising from recommendations made by Lord Cullen in his 2009 Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry legislation, intend to help modernise the way in which fatal accident inquiries are handled in Scotland.
It will also seek views on:
• building on the recommendations implemented by the Crown Office to make the system more efficient
• extending the categories of death in which it is mandatory to hold a fatal accident inquiry
• obliging those to whom sheriffs direct recommendations at the conclusion of the inquiry to respond to the sheriff about compliance
• permitting discretionary FAIs into deaths of Scots abroad where the body is repatriated to Scotland
• options for holding FAIs in alternative accommodation