Statutory Offences of Causing Death by Driving: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

Scottish Ministers’ correspondence (including emails, letters, attachments to emails, meetings and records of phone calls) with the Scottish Sentencing Council regarding their consultation on Statutory Offences of Causing Death by Driving. You requested all correspondence including any meetings with Scottish Ministers from the 22 September 2021 to the present date.


I attach a copy of some of the information you requested at Annexes A to C.

Annex A contains extracts from two pieces of correspondence within the date range you provided between the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans and the Lord Justice Clerk. An extract of each document has been provided because large elements of the content is out of scope of your request. In addition, some of the information you have requested is available from the Scottish Sentencing Council's website. Specifically, the attachments to the email dated 29 August 2022 from the Lord
Justice Clerk to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans at Annex B contains a copy of the causing death by driving consultation paper, draft impact assessment and draft sentencing guideline. These are the same documents as available at the following link: Sentencing guidelines in development (

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have access to the internet to obtain this information from the website listed, then please contact me again and I will send you paper copies.

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