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PE01567: Investigating unascertained deaths, suicides and fatal accidents

Justice

Petitioner: Donna O'Halloran

Status:
Closed

Date Lodged: 27 April 2015

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to change the law and procedures in regards to investigating unascertained deaths, suicides and fatal accidents in Scotland.

Petition History:

Summary:

12 May 2015: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Justice Committee. Link to Official Report 12 May 2015

19 May 2015: The Justice Committee considered PE1567 by Donna O'Halloran on investigating unascertained deaths, suicides and fatal accidents in Scotland and agreed to keep the petition open whilst it considered it as part of its scrutiny of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Bill. Link to Official Report 19 May 2015 

29 September 2015: The Justice Committee considered PE1567 by Donna O'Halloran on investigating unascertained deaths, suicides and fatal accidents in Scotland and agreed to write to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service seeking information on the evaluation of suspicious death investigations by Police Scotland and to keep the petition open. Link to Official Report 29 September 2015 

5 January 2016: The Justice Committee considered PE1567 by Donna O'Halloran on investigating unascertained deaths, suicides and fatal accidents in Scotland and agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice asking what assurances can be given to families who question the validity of a police investigation and subsequent decision made by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, and to keep the petition open. Link to Official Report 5 January 2016 

23 February 2016: The Justice Committee considered PE1567 by Donna O'Halloran on investigating unascertained deaths, suicides and fatal accidents in Scotland and agreed to keep the petition open and to recommend that a future justice committee gives further consideration to it. Link to Official Report 23 February 2016

Written Submissions:

What do you think?

Should Scotland treat unascertained, suicides and accidental deaths the same way they do in other civilised countries, treat them as suspicious until proven otherwise?

England carry out approx. 30,000 Inquiries a year to keep in standard with European laws, why can’t Scotland?

It is a great shame that the petition has been so slowed down by links that break if copied from anywhere other than this page, the wrong message being issued if code box hasn't been filled and last but not least the fact that if anyone shares after signing it's the thank you page that is shared :( really disappointed as I strongly believe all these programming snags have seriously restricted the number of signatures. Many thanks to all who persevered and succeeded in signing! Special thanks to all who tagged and shared xxx

Donna O'Halloran

23:52 on 27 Apr 2015

I hope this family find answers soon. Change the law and enable this family and the thousands of other families the opportunity of closure !!!

Louise Burns

23:10 on 27 Apr 2015

Glad to support

Una Doherty

22:35 on 27 Apr 2015

Heartbreaking

Julie stevens

22:03 on 27 Apr 2015

The law should get chance.get changes ass ppl family's want answers to what has happened to your family member

Peter inglis

21:40 on 27 Apr 2015

Its a pleasure to sign this, xxx

Connie Deacon

18:41 on 27 Apr 2015

Please please help find david Please help find david

geraldine hogan

13:21 on 27 Apr 2015

lets do it

Anthony trainer

12:39 on 27 Apr 2015

After 34 years of unanswered questions . prison suicide proven neglect preventable. Within the systm time for answers and Justice for a vunerable young kad ..my Brother. I welcome a new investigation . his avoidable death still traumatised by his Death.So many more after even after the recommended changes..investigation is absolutely needed. .

Jean Brown

7:49 on 27 Apr 2015

The law needs to be changed, everyone deserves closure and this poor family, like many others, still have none.

Gayle Paterson

6:06 on 27 Apr 2015

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