Publication - Report

Fatal Accident Inquiries: review

Published: 18 Aug 2016
Justice Directorate
Part of:
Law and order

A thematic review of Fatal Accident Inquiries by the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland.

59 page PDF

1.5 MB

59 page PDF

1.5 MB

Fatal Accident Inquiries: review

59 page PDF

1.5 MB

Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland

ISBN 978 1 78652 406 5 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 78056


An errata was published on 11/07/2018 at the following pdf pages:

Page 10 - Recommendations
Order of Recommendations 8-11 amended

Page 34 - Death Certification Review
Recommendation number amended

Page 36 - Agreement of Expert Evidence
Recommendation number amended

Page 39 - Family Liaison Charter
Recommendation number amended

Page 40 - Participation of the Nearest Relatives and Interested Parties
Recommendation number amended

The pdf and html have both been updated within the document to reflect these changes.

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Introduction and Background

Key Findings


Investigation of Deaths by Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)

Processes and Procedures

Case Review

Criminal Proceedings

Expert Evidence

Involvement of Nearest Relatives

Role of Other Regulatory and Investigative Bodies

Reporting and Regulatory Authorities

The Role and Management of FAIs

Annex A: COPFS FAI Process Flowchart

Annex B: Family Liaison Charter

Annex C: Glossary of Terms


Email: Carolyn Sharp,