Justice Committee hears from Lord Cullen on FAI Bill

05.05.2015

The Justice Committee will today host its first evidence session on the Inquiries Into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill.

Members of the Committee will hear from Lord Cullen of Whitekirk who led the 2009 Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry legislation. Also providing evidence will be Julie Love from ‘Death Abroad – You’re Not Alone’, Louise Taggart from ‘Families Against Corporate Killers’ and, Jimmy Jones, a retired RAF flight lieutenant who is now a campaigner.

The Bill’s main objective is to reform and modernise the law governing the holding of fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) in Scotland, and to implement the recommendations made in Lord Cullen’s 2009 Review. 

Among other things, the Bill aims to enact new provisions to modernise the system of FAIs in Scotland, to extend the categories of death in which it is mandatory to hold an FAI, and to allow  discretionary FAIs into deaths of Scots abroad where the body is repatriated to Scotland.

Committee Convener Christine Grahame MSP said: 

“All proposed legislation should be subject to careful and considered scrutiny and that is especially important when it comes to issues of life and death.

“Given that the Bill aims to implement the recommendations of an earlier review carried out by Lord Cullen, we are pleased that Lord Cullen is able to come to the Committee to give members his views on the proposals to amend the existing legislation.

“We are also looking forward to hearing contributions from those who have campaigned over many years for change in this area – as a Committee we need to hear from those who have first-hand experience of the current system in order to be able to properly consider the measures in the Bill.

“This will be the first of a series of formal evidence sessions as we scrutinise this Bill and determine whether the proposed legislation will achieve its aims in improving the workings of the FAI system.”

Background

The  Bill  was introduced on 19 March 2015.  More information on the Bill can be found here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/87332.aspx

More information on the witnesses appearing before the Committee can be found at the following links—

http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-cullen-of-whitekirk/3631 

http://www.daynacharity.com/ 

http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/fack/about/

More information on the Committee’s work can be found on the Committee’s webpage: 

tp://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/29845.aspx 

You can follow the work of the Committee on Twitter @SP_Justice.

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