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Act of Sederunt (Fatal Accident Inquiry Rules) 2017

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Reporting restrictions

Reporting restrictions: interpretation and application

3.—(1) Paragraphs 4 to 7 apply to orders which restrict the reporting of proceedings, whether under section 22(2) (publishing restrictions in relation to children) or otherwise.

(2) In those paragraphs, “interested person” means a person—

(a)who has asked to see any order made by the sheriff which restricts the reporting of proceedings, including an interim order; and

(b)whose name is included on a list kept by the Lord President of the Court of Session for the purposes of paragraphs 4 to 7.

Interim orders: notification to interested persons

4.—(1) Where the sheriff is considering making an order, the sheriff may make an interim order.

(2) Where the sheriff makes an interim order, the sheriff clerk must immediately send a copy of the interim order to any interested person.

(3) The sheriff is to specify in the interim order why the sheriff is considering making an order.

Interim orders: representations

5.—(1) Subparagraph (2) applies where the sheriff has made an interim order.

(2) An interested person who would be directly affected by the making of an order is to be given an opportunity to make representations to the sheriff before the order is made.

(3) Representations are to—

(a)be made in Form S4.5;

(b)include reasons why an urgent hearing is necessary, if an urgent hearing is sought; and

(c)be lodged no later than 2 days after the interim order is sent to interested persons.

(4) If representations are made—

(a)the sheriff is to appoint a date and time for a hearing—

(i)on the first suitable court day; or

(ii)where the sheriff considers that an urgent hearing is necessary, at an earlier date and time;

(b)the sheriff clerk must—

(i)notify the date and time of the hearing to the participants to the proceedings and any person who has made representations; and

(ii)send a copy of the representations to the participants.

(5) Where no interested person makes representations in accordance with paragraph (3), the sheriff clerk is to put the interim order before the sheriff in chambers in order that the sheriff may resume consideration of whether to make an order.

(6) Where the sheriff, having resumed consideration, makes no order, the sheriff must recall the interim order.

(7) Where the sheriff recalls an interim order, the sheriff clerk must immediately notify any interested person.

Notification of reporting restrictions

6.  Where the sheriff makes an order, the sheriff clerk must immediately—

(a)send a copy of the order to any interested person; and

(b)arrange for the publication of the making of the order on SCTS’s website.

Applications for variation or revocation

7.—(1) A person aggrieved by an order may apply to the sheriff for its variation or revocation.

(2) An application is to be made in Form S4.7.

(3) When an application is made—

(a)the sheriff is to appoint a date and time for a hearing; and

(b)the sheriff clerk must—

(i)notify the date and time of the hearing to the participants to the proceedings and the applicant; and

(ii)send a copy of the application to the participants.

(4) The hearing is, so far as reasonably practicable, to be before the sheriff who made the order.

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