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FAI rules in force in June 03/04/2017 Procedure rules that set out changes to the way Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs) are carried out are due to come into force on 15th June.

FAI rules in force in June

Procedure rules that set out changes to the way Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs) are carried out are due to come into force on 15th June, according to the Scottish Civil Justice Council.

The rules have been developed in order to implement the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 and follow a consultation held late last year.

According to Sheriff Principal Ian Abercrombie, who chaired the SCJC Working Group on the issue, “the rules are creative, radical and novel.”

“Far greater emphasis is placed on active management by the presiding sheriff who has been given broad powers to tailor the procedure in response to the nature and complexity of the issues raised,” he explained.

The rules are designed to increase the efficiency of FAIs by calling for more work to be done at an early, preliminary stage with those taking part agreeing as much information as possible before the Inquiry begins. This will enable the hearings to better focus on the relevant issues.

Further details can be found here.

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