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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07190: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the average length of time is for the conclusion of a fatal accident inquiry for deaths in prison.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 8 March 2017

As the following table indicates in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service's financial years (1 April to 31 March) from 2012-13, through to 2015-16, there were 17, 21, 17, and 8 “Death in prison” Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs) which concluded for those respective years. The average time taken to conclude those FAIs were 105, 81 , 63, and 65 weeks accordingly.

Average Weeks

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Petition Court for FAI calling

73

65

44

44

FAI commencing in Court

88

74

51

52

FAI concluding in Court

105

81

63

65

Deaths where Court not yet petitioned

0

1

10

13

Deaths where FAI commenced in Court

17

23

17

12

Deaths where FAI Concluded

17

21

17

8

Deaths where FAI not yet Concluded

0

3

10

17

Total Deaths in Prison

17

24

27

25