Date lodged: 12 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the average time taken was in the last five years for a death certificate to be produced where a death was (a) reported to a procurator fiscal and (b) referred to a pathologist.
Answered by: James Wolffe QC 2 August 2018
This information is not held by Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
Where the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) is being completed by the reporting doctor the MCCD should be issued without unnecessary delay and ,where applicable, within the timescale specified in section 24 of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965. Where COPFS instruct a pathologist the MCCD will be issued by the pathologist upon completion of the post mortem examination.