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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.

Lord Clark installed as a Senator of the College of Justice

Alistair Clark QC has taken his place on the Bench with the judicial title Lord Clark after being installed as a Senator of the College of Justice.

The Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, presided over the ceremony in the First Division courtroom in Parliament House on Tuesday 24 May 2016.

“Lord Clark, on behalf of the bench it gives me great pleasure to welcome you as a senator of the college of justice,” Lady Dorrian said.

“Your distinguished career at the bar, and your background in academia, enable you to bring to the bench the many qualities derived from that experience and from your extensive practice in civil and commercial litigation. They will surely help you to adapt to the challenges which this new role will bring.

“Most members of this court have had the pleasure of your appearing before them as senior counsel, and they will be looking  forward, I am sure, to welcoming you as a colleague.

“We hope that you will find this new stage in your career both enjoyable and fulfilling.” 

Mr Clark, a graduate of Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, was formerly a university lecturer.

He was called to the bar in 1994, took silk in 2007, and has conducted cases in the Sheriff Court, High Court, Lands Tribunal, Court of Session, House of Lords and the Supreme Court.

He was Convenor of the International Committee of the Faculty of Advocates.

He is the author of the book ‘Product Liability’, as well as contributions to the Stair Memorial Encyclopedia of Scots Law, and a number of articles in legal journals.

Earlier this month it was announced that five new Senators had been appointed, the others being Sheriff John Beckett QC, Ailsa Carmichael QC, Frank Mulholland QC, and Andrew Stewart, QC.

The installation of Mr Stewart will take place on 31 May, with those of Ms Carmichael and Mr Mulholland still to be confirmed.


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