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Act of Sederunt (Fatal Accident Inquiry Rules) 2017

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PART 1CITATION, COMMENCEMENT AND INTERPRETATION, ETC.

Citation and commencement, etc.

1.1.—(1) This Act of Sederunt may be cited as the Act of Sederunt (Fatal Accident Inquiry Rules) 2017.

(2) It comes into force on 15th June 2017.

(3) A certified copy is to be inserted in the Books of Sederunt.

Interpretation

1.2.—(1) In these Rules—

“apply” means apply in accordance with schedule 1, and related expressions are to be construed accordingly;

“the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No. 1206/2001 of 28th May 2001 on cooperation between the courts of the Member States in the taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters, as amended from time to time;

“the deceased” means the person whose death the inquiry is concerned with;

“first notice” means notice that an inquiry is to be held under section 15(1);

“first order” means the order of the sheriff made under rule 3.2(1);

“the inquiry principles” means the principles in rule 2.2;

“intimate” means intimate in accordance with schedule 2, and related expressions are to be construed accordingly;

“participants” includes the procurator fiscal;

“the purpose of the inquiry” means the purpose set out in section 1(3) and (4);

“SCTS” means the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service; and

“witness statement” has the meaning given by rule 4.13(2).

(2) In these Rules, references to a section are to that section of the Inquires into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016.

Periods of time

1.3.  If any period of time specified in these Rules expires on a Saturday, Sunday or public or court holiday, it is extended to expire on the next day that the sheriff clerk’s office is open for civil business.

Forms

1.4.—(1) A reference in these Rules to a form is a reference to that form in schedule 3.

(2) Those forms may be varied where the circumstances require it.

Miscellaneous and general matters

1.5.  Schedule 4 makes provision about—

(a)lodging;

(b)live links;

(c)reporting restrictions;

(d)the style of oath and affirmation;

(e)interventions; and

(f)lay representation and support.

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