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Sudden Deaths and Fatal Accident Inquiries in Scotland
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Sudden Deaths and Fatal Accident Inquiries in Scotland (Paperback)

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Synopsis

Fatal Accident Inquiries involve a public examination of the circumstances of a death conducted before a Sheriff.

The responsibility for conducting FAIs lies with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

In undertaking such investigations, COPFS is required to take all reasonable steps available to them to secure the evidence concerning the incident. Such evidence includes eyewitness accounts, forensic evidence and the post mortem report.



FAIs are now fully governed under the Inquiries into Fatal Accident and Sudden Deaths (Scotland) etc. Act 2016 (which came into force in June 2017).



By examining Sudden Deaths and FAIs, the book provides a contemporary and fresh insight into the system, starting with the role of COPFS in sudden death cases. All determinations must now (since 2012) be published, and these details provide a source about FAIs which can be analysed.



This new title includes:

- Scrutiny of the 2016 Act - whether the FAI process is fit for purpose and the ongoing issues with delays in holding inquires.

- The private member's Proposed Post-Mortem Examinations (Defence Time-Limit) (Scotland) Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament

- The possible effects that Brexit will have on inquiries into deaths abroad.

- The provisions of coronavirus legislation affecting both the UK and Scotland regarding the processes of registration of deaths. There will also be potentially mandatory and discretionary FAIs in respect of medical staff, those working in care homes and deaths from key workers. The Lord Advocate has already announced the investigation into such deaths.

LawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsLegal system: generalCivil procedure, litigation & dispute resolution Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 12/01/2023 ISBN-13: 9781526519030  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Gillian Mawdsley is a solicitor currently working for the Law Society of Scotland in a criminal law policy role. She is a lecturer in Law at the Open University, and tutor at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. She worked within COPFS as a Procurator Fiscal Depute for nearly 20 years. During that time worked in the Deaths Unit, investigating a significant number of homicides and sudden deaths. Undertook a number of FAIs including a number specialising in complex medical deaths. She holds lay appointments with the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and the Joint College of the Royal College of Surgeons.

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