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S5W-15127: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-14954 by James Wolffe QC on 1 March 2018, whether the conclusion and results of the review will be reported to the Parliament.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 20 March 2018

The protocol being developed by COPFS is designed to support effective consultation between pathologists instructed by the Crown and the Defence. The focussed nature of the protocol is such that reference to other jurisdictions is not relevant. The work has involved consulting with Forensic pathologists, who are the relevant expert witnesses, and will be further informed by consultation with the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates. The consultation protocol is designed to reflect the views of victims which have been received by COPFS and to reduce not only the number of required defence examinations but also delays in return of deceased persons to their family. Once agreed, the consultation protocol will be published on the COPFS website.