New fatal accident inquiry rules to include deaths abroad

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The Scottish Courts will shortly be able to hear Fatal Accident Inquiries where a Scottish person has died abroad.

The present rules only allow for an Inquiry to be held where the death occurs in Scotland. There must be a Fatal Accident Inquiry where there has been a death of someone in custody (police or prison) or where there has been a death at work. A Fatal Accident Inquiry may also be held where it is thought appropriate to do so if lessons could be learned from the death, for example where there is a death in a hospital and this may have been as a result of a procedure not being followed.

Gildeas have significant experience within their staff of representing people at FAIs having previously acted for Prison Officers, family members affected by the Glasgow Bin Lorry Crash and shall be appearing at the Inquiry following the Clutha helicopter crash 2 years ago.