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FAI follow-up report 08/08/2019 The Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland has published a follow–up report on Fatal Accident Inquiries

FAI follow-up report

The Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland has published a follow–up report on Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs). The report examines issues raised in the Fatal Accident Inquiries report published by the inspectorate in August 2016.

“Given it is almost three years since the thematic FAI report was published, the lack of progress in many areas is disappointing. While there has been some improvement in the timelines for conducting FAIs, the time taken to conclude mandatory FAIs remains a concern as does their age profile with 20 inquiries more than 3 years old,” said Michelle McLeod, HM Chief Inspector.

“We identified a number of factors causing delays including investigations characterised by lengthy periods of inactivity,” she said. “Undoubtedly resourcing has been an issue for the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU) and we acknowledge that it is not yet at full complement following additional resource that was secured in 2018 and that it takes time to induct and train new staff. The ongoing modernisation project should also improve the effectiveness of their processes and procedures.”

The report makes three new recommendations and, according to Michelle McLeod, the Inspectorate plans to revisit the investigation of FAIs in a further follow-up report next year.

The report can be found here.
 

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