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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03947
Asked by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Date lodged: 22 October 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the time taken to complete a fatal accident inquiry into the death in custody of a young person, what is (a) the average time taken and (b) the longest time taken in each of the past five years.

Current status: Answered by Dorothy Bain on 8 November 2021


Answer

The following table shows, in relation to deaths in prison where the deceased was aged 25 or younger, the average and longest time taken to conclude an FAI in each of the last five years. Days are calculated from the date of death to the date evidence at the FAI was concluded.

 

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22 (as at 28 October 2021)

Total FAIs concluded in year

5

2

4

4

2

0

Average length (days)

883

935

1,132

733

568

0

Longest time to complete FAI (days)

1,428

1,236

1,549

1,091

647

0