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PE01699: Release of murder victim bodies for funeral arrangements


Petitioner: Amanda Digby


Date Lodged: 23 July 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to change post-mortem examination protocols to allow for the deceased to be released as early as possible to enable families to make funeral arrangements for their loved ones.

Petition History:


13 September 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Criminal Bar Association, the Law Society of Scotland, Faculty of Advocates, PETAL (People Experiencing Trauma and Loss) and Victim Support Scotland. Link to Official Report 13 September 2018

27 June 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report of 27 June 2019

Written Submissions:


Do you agree that families of murder victims should be enabled to make funeral arrangements for their loved ones as soon as possible?

Would you support the idea of having a second post-mortem carried out independently to ensure families can say goodbye to their relatives without unnecessary delay?

Let families lay a loved one to rest so the can grieve

Gemma Cruickshanks

16:44 on 18 Jul 2018

I agree that families of murder victims should be enabled to make funeral arrangements for their loved ones as soon as possible.

Mark Lilley

8:22 on 18 Jul 2018

No victim of murder or their family should be left in limbo like this. Two independent post-mortem examinations can be carried out ASAP and the results passed onto the PFs office and to any defence lawyer when a person is charged. The victims body should be released to their fsmikieuthin days.

Mark Conner

17:20 on 10 Jul 2018

It is hard for most people to understand the need to bury our loved ones The thought that our relative is lying with no respect in a morgue is hard to live with On the other hand Police Scotland have a job to do Rules have a reason It does seem that an independent Post Mortem could be carried by someone from England Ireland or Wales They have no agenda I doubt they would cost more It would allow the defense of any person charged to feel they have achieved an independent Post Mortem It would allow the family to bury their loved one The defense could carry out any tests on the resulting blocks and slides resulting from a post mortem Good luck to this family I hope this works out for you


19:44 on 09 Jul 2018

It is time for the boy to rip

William Allison

5:59 on 25 Jun 2018

S support

Lynda philp

10:47 on 24 Jun 2018

Yes I do agree , bereavement is painful enough , this is just prolonging the suffering of this family .

Tiegan Kilcullen

8:35 on 24 Jun 2018

Please sign


7:29 on 22 Jun 2018

I totally agree the law in Scotland needs to change as families are not let grieve properly after the horrific deal of murder as they cannot Bury their family member until the accused legal team say they can. My childhood friends brother was murdered they were lucky as his body was released relatively quick but still longer than if it had been over the border in England or Wales.

Stacey Wood-Everett

8:32 on 21 Jun 2018

perhaps some common sense and sensitivity should be applied for families in these positions

david stewart

21:55 on 20 Jun 2018

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