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Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016

Procurator fiscal’s investigation

Section 10 – Citation of witnesses for precognition

38.It will sometimes be necessary for the procurator fiscal to precognosce witnesses as part of a death investigation prior to determining whether there are to be further proceedings. Section 10 restates section 2 of the 1976 Act to enable the citation of witnesses for precognition as part of that death investigation. Subsection (5) makes it an offence to fail to comply with an order made by the sheriff requiring a person to attend for precognition and subsection (6) sets out the penalty if convicted of that offence.

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