The Scottish Government’s consultation on proposals to reform Fatal Accident Inquiries legislation was published on 1 July 2014. The consultation sought views on proposals arising from recommendations made by Lord Cullen in his 2009 Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry legislation, which intend to help modernise the way in which fatal accident inquiries are handled in Scotland. The consultation invited views on the mandatory categories of FAIs, deaths abroad, delays, FAI accommodation, sheriffs’ recommendations and legal aid.
The consultation closed on 9 September 2014 and 58 responses were received: 50 from groups, including the legal profession, insurance industry, public bodies, local authorities and unions; and 8 from individuals. This report provides an analysis of 57 of these responses, which includes comments about impact.
In response to the consultation, a prospective Bill on Fatal Accident Inquiries will be introduced by the Government during the current Parliamentary session.