Thank you for your e-mail of 8 October 2014 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (
“…the new included link takes to a document giving the number of deaths reported to the procurator i believe. It doesn't make reference to autopsy numbers of "view and grant" numbers - is this information available elsewhere for the past few years?
Please may I have it for the past 10 years if possible.”
We have now completed our search for the information you request.
You may wish to note that while we have provided figures in response to your request our case management system is not designed to provide statistical information. It is a live, operating database and the information contained within it is structured accordingly. While we have provided you with the information held on our systems at this time, this information may, therefore, be subject to change as our systems are updated for operational reasons.
“View and Grant” is a non-invasive procedure which involves an experienced pathologist externally examining the body of the deceased whilst considering the deceased’s history and the events surrounding the death. The pathologist will confirm to the Procurator Fiscal that a full post mortem examination is required if they are not in a position to certify the cause of death on the basis of a View and Grant examination.
The figures contained in the table below refer to View & Grant examinations instructed by Procurators Fiscal during financial years 2004 to 2014.
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You may also wish to refer to information on the role of the Procurator Fiscal in relation to dealing with deaths which is also accessible on our web-site.