Date lodged: 27 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has supplied to the Justice Committee updating it on the action it has taken since 2013 to engage with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to ensure that the appropriate level of information is given to families of road death victims.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 October 2017
The Scottish Government regularly engages with the Justice Committee regarding developments in victims and witnesses policy and procedure.
In September 2016, we wrote to the Justice Committee Clerk to draw members’ attention to the publication of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s Family Liaison Charter. In accordance with section 8 of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016, the Charter sets out how staff of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service will liaise with bereaved families, including the families of road death victims. The charter includes specific commitments to keep bereaved families informed about whether or not a fatal accident inquiry will be held and to offer meetings with families to discuss in more detail, if the family wishes.