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Fatal Accident Inquiries

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is held following a death in the workplace or in cases which give rise to reasonable suspicion. These are usually held in the sheriff court, but may be held in other premises where appropriate. We publish summaries of some FAIs, particularly in cases where there is wider public interest. The summaries provide details of the case, the main findings of the inquiry and a link to the sheriff's full determination. 

For a full list of all fatal accident inquiry determinations published on the SCTS website click here.

Two new shrieval appointments made in Grampian, Highland and Islands

Friday, 31 July, 2015
News

Chris Dickson and Olga Pasportnikov have been appointed as sheriffs of Grampian, Highland and Islands, the Scottish Ministers have announced.

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Appointment process for new Lord President begins

Monday, 20 July, 2015
News

The process of appointing a new Lord President of the Court of Session has begun now that the First Minister has established a selection panel, the Scottish Government has announced.

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Petition of the Lord Advocate for an order in terms of The Civil Aviation Regulations 1996

Friday, 19 June, 2015
News

The Lord Advocate has been granted an order for the cockpit voice and flight data recorder from a Super Puma helicopter which crashed into the North Sea in 2013 to be made available to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Police Scotland for the purposes of investigating the circumstances of the death of the four passengers whose lives were lost, and whether, and if so against whom, to launch a prosecution.

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Office of Summary Sheriff Vacancies

Wednesday, 17 June, 2015
News

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the office of Summary Sheriff in early May 2016.

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HMA v Andrew Edward Coulson

Wednesday, 3 June, 2015
News

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 3 June 2015, Lord Burns acquitted Andrew Coulson of a charge of perjury after sustaining a defence submission of “no case to answer” at the close of the Crown case.

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