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Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (13/09/2016) (R014026)

Thank you for your e-mail of 18 August 2016 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

“I would like to make a Freedom of Information request to find out a bit more information on the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit please:

  • Can you tell me when it was formed?
  • How many cases it is currently working on?
  • How many cases it has worked on since its inception?
  • And how many have ended up in court?”

 

I have considered your request and will now address each point of your request in turn:

  • Can you tell me when it was formed?
To answer this point I will firstly highlight a press release which is accessible on the COPFS web-site dated 8 March 2011. This press release explains the background, purpose and the dates when the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU) was initially conceived.

I must explain however that there was a period of transition before the SFIU was fully established in its current form in April 2012.  

The data I am able to provide in answer to your further points relates to the work of the established unit from 1 April 2012 to 25 August 2016 which was the date the data was extracted from our electronic system.

  • How many cases it is currently working on?
As at 25 August 2016 SFIU had 1,872 live cases. 

  • How many cases it has worked on since its inception?
Since the unit was fully established in April 2012, 43,502 deaths have been reported to SFIU.

  • And how many have ended up in court?”

Of the deaths reported since 1 April 2012, 127 reports have been referred to court as Fatal Accident Inquiries.