17 September 2013
Thank you for your e-mail of 19 August 2013 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) asking for details of all costs associated with holding Fatal Accident Inquiries since January 2008.
We have now completed our search for the information you request, and a copy table showing a record of the expenditure associated with Fatal Accident Inquiries, broken down by financial year, from 1 January 2008 to 31 March 2012 is undernoted.
Since 1 April 2012, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) have changed the way financial information is recorded in regard to Fatal Accident Inquiries. In order to ascertain the information since 1 April 2012, we would have to carry out a manual review of all invoices relating to all fatalities. In this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. Under Section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under Section 12.