Video: Public inquiries and FAIs in the COVID-19 era

Compass Chambers' Murdo Macleod QC and Emma Toner have discussed public inquiries and FAIs in the COVID-19 era for the stable's webinar series. They considered what COVID-19 inquiries might look like, what they could conclude and how they should be approached.

Published 14 August 2020

Scotland’s impotent FAI system condemned by families of victims

Scotland's impotent fatal accident inquiry system has been condemned by families who have lost loved ones in tragic accidents, The Sunday Post reports.

Published 10 August 2020

Five-year wait for M9 crash FAI ‘unforgivable’

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today marked half a decade since the tragic M9 crash in which John Yuill and Lamara Bell died, and criticised “glacial and agonising” delays which mean that a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) has still not taken place into the crash and the police's failure to respond for three days. 

Published 3 July 2020

Stuart Munro: Remote hearings – not justice on the cheap

Stuart Munro of Livingstone Brown Solicitors responds to SLN's editorial on fatal accident inquiries held remotely.

Published 25 June 2020

Editorial: Sumburgh FAI – justice on the cheap is justice denied?

All too often our coverage of fatal accident inquiries in Scotland is centred upon their non-occurrence rather than the lessons to be learned from them.

Published 17 June 2020

Family dismayed at prospect of online FAI into Sumburgh helicopter crash

The family of a woman who died in a helicopter crash off Shetland has expressed dismay that the fatal accident inquiry into the incident will be conducted by video conferencing technology, The Times reports.

Published 8 June 2020

Crown Office unit to examine COVID-19 deaths of key workers and care home residents

The Crown Office is setting up a dedicated unit to examine COVID-19 deaths, the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, has announced.

Published 14 May 2020

MacAskill calls for prisoner release amid inmate deaths

Former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has called for a prisoner release programme to be established by the Scottish government in light of the pandemic.

Published 14 April 2020

Sheriff expresses anger over ‘deplorable’ FAI wait

A sheriff has expressed anger over the “deplorable” seven year wait for a fatal accident inquiry into a North Sea helicopter disaster.

Published 30 January 2020

James Wolffe QC: Fatal accident inquiries must become more efficient

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, writes on his desire to improve efficiencies in the Fatal Accident Inquiry system.

Published 27 September 2019

Lord Advocate pressed over lack of criminal prosecution following Allan Marshall FAI

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has written to the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC  about the findings of the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) describing the brutal death of Allan Marshall, an inmate of HMP Edinburgh in 2015.

Published 16 August 2019

Crown Office ‘simply incapable’ of handling fatal accident inquiries

The fatal accident inquiry system is plagued by "unexplained delays" that “have the potential to devalue the purpose" of the system, according to a new report.

Published 8 August 2019

Latest FAI delay prompts criticism from sheriff

Fatal accident inquiry delays are causing severe distress to families who have lost loved ones, one sheriff has said.

Published 18 June 2019

Lisa Gregory: Super Puma crash highlights Scotland’s FAI failings

Since the announcement last week that a fatal accident inquiry is to be held into the Super Puma helicopter crash off Shetland in August 2013, there has been a vociferous response criticising the delay of almost six years, writes Lisa Gregory.

Published 17 June 2019

FAI finds boxer died in fight that ‘should never have taken place’

A Dundee boxer died in a fight that "should never have taken place", according to a fatal accident inquiry (FAI).

Published 5 April 2019