Committee Updates June 2015

Fatal Accident Inquiries

The Civil Justice committee responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee’s call for evidence on the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Etc (Scotland) Bill.  The committee welcomed the policy objective of the bill to reform and modernise the law governing the holding of Fatal Accident Inquires (FAIs) in Scotland but was disappointed that the bill did not take the opportunity to implement the recommendation made by Lord Cullen in his 2009 review of the existing legislation; namely, that relatives of the deceased should not have to justify the reasonableness of the granting of legal aid for their representation at the FAI.

Read the committee's response.