SCJC Working Group - Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016

The Council has set up a working group to take forward legislative changes to inquiries into fatal accidents and sudden deaths. 

The Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 14 January 2016.  Legislative changes brought about by the Act, now confer responsibility upon the Scottish Civil Justice Council for the review of practice and procedure followed in inquiry proceedings, including the drafting of inquiry procedure rules. As this is a new policy area, the Council agreed to establish a working group to take forward this work.

The working group’s remit is:
To consider the secondary legislation required to facilitate implementation of The Inquires into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 and to make proposals for draft inquiry procedure rules for consideration by the Scottish Civil Justice Council. 

Membership of the Working Group: 
Sheriff Principal Abercrombie (Chairman and SCJC member)  
Sheriff Hughes (SCJC member)
Sheriff G Liddle
Elizabeth Ross (COPFS)
Jillian Martin-Brown, Advocate
Rona Jamieson, Solicitor
Hamish Goodall (Scottish Government)
Jane MacDonald (SCTS)
Marie-Louise Fox (SLAB)
Alan McCloskey (Victim Support Scotland)  

Jackie Powell (SCTS ICMS Project Leader) attends as an observer. 

The first working group meeting was held on 9 May 2016 in Parliament House, Edinburgh.

Minutes and papers can be found below.

Meeting Dates

The last working group meeting took place on 28 February 2017. There are no further meetings.