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The Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 2, Transitional and Transitory Provision) Regulations 2016

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No. 2, Transitional and Transitory Provision) Regulations 2016 and come into force on 1st December 2016.

(2) In these Regulations—

“the 1976 Act” means the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976(1); and

“the 2016 Act” means the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016.

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2.  1st December 2016 is the day appointed for the coming into force of the following provisions of the 2016 Act—

(a)section 13 (jurisdiction in relation to inquiries); and

(b)section 14 (inquiry into more than one death).

Transitional and transitory provision

3.—(1) This regulation applies to an inquiry applied for under section 1 or 1A of the 1976 Act on or after 1st December 2016.

(2) References to inquiry proceedings in section 13 of the 2016 Act include a reference to proceedings in respect of an inquiry under the 1976 Act.

(3) References to an inquiry in sections 13 and 14 of the 2016 Act include a reference to an inquiry under the 1976 Act.

(4) Section 1 of the 1976 Act (investigation of death and application for inquiry) is modified as follows—

(a)in subsection (1), the words “for the district with which the circumstances of the death appear to be most closely connected” are to be disregarded; and

(b)in subsection (3)(a), the words “with whose sheriffdom the circumstances of the death appear to be most closely connected” are to be disregarded.

ANNABELLE EWING

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

10th November 2016

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