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Act of Sederunt (Fatal Accident Inquiry Rules) 2017

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15.—(1) In paragraphs 15 to 18 a reference to a participant is a reference to a participant other than a procurator fiscal.

(2) A participant who is an individual may be represented by a lay representative.

(3) A participant is represented by a lay representative if that participant is represented by a person who is not a solicitor or an advocate.

(4) A participant may apply to the sheriff for permission to be represented by a lay representative.

(5) The sheriff may grant an application only if it is considered that it would assist the effective administration of the inquiry to do so.

(6) Where the sheriff grants permission, the sheriff may—

(a)do so in respect of one or more specified hearings; and

(b)withdraw permission of the sheriff’s own accord or on the application of any participant.

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