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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17462: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 25 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the average time to complete a fatal accident inquiry has been in each year since 2010, and what the longest time has been in each year, broken down by whether it was for an inquiry into a death while in custody.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 12 July 2018

Table A indicates, in relation to deceased whose deaths were reported to the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, during the financial years (1 April to 31 March) from 2010 -11 through to 2017-18, the time from the date of death to conclusion of evidence in FAIs that have been completed during this period.

Table B provides the same analysis but is specific to deceased whose deaths were reported to COPFS, during the same period, who died in prison custody, where FAIs into these deaths have had their evidence concluded.

It is important to note that there are investigations ongoing in relation to deaths of persons reported during this same period, where FAIs have yet to be concluded. Therefore the figures below, particularly in respect of the latter years, will vary in time as further FAIs are concluded.

Table A:

All deaths reported to COPFS, in respect of where a FAI has been concluded during this period.

    

 

Financial Year

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Average number of days*

669

763

719

668

604

608

406

272

Longest number of days*

1561

1515

1586

1327

1333

979

695

372

* based on COPFS figures obtained on 27 June 2018, calculated by number of days between date of death and date that the evidence was concluded for completed FAIs.

Table B:

Deaths of deceased reported to COPFS who have died in prison, in respect of where an FAI has been concluded during this period.

  

 

Financial Year

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Average number of days*

688

716

735

655

631

577

373

253

Longest number of days*

1317

1271

1428

1327

1333

967

572

372

* based on COPFS figures obtained on 27 June 2018, calculated by number of days between date of death and date that evidence was concluded for completed FAIs.