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Information following a death

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The role of the Procurator Fiscal in the investigation of deaths - Information for bereaved relatives

The role of the Procurator Fiscal in the investigation of deaths - Information for bereaved relatives 

The Procurator Fiscal is responsible for investigating the circumstances and cause of death and, if necessary, instructing a post mortem examination.

 

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Translated versions - The role of the Procurator Fiscal in the investigation of deaths

 

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Advice for bereaved nearest relatives in cases of crime-related deaths

Advice for Bereaved Nearest Relatives in Cases of Crime - Related Deaths 

You may be the nearest relative (spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling or other relation) of someone who has died as a result of a crime. If so, you may become involved with the criminal justice system. This can be stressful and confusing when you are also coping with the grief of bereavement. Victim Information and Advice (VIA) can help you.

 

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Guidance for medical practitioners

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has produced this booklet for the information and guidance of medical practitioners. The booklet is intended to provide a clear, concise guide and to assist medical practitioners to decide whether a death requires to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and, if so, how to go about doing this.Guidance for medical practitioners.
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  • COPFS Family Liaison Charter (September 2016)

  • FOI publication bulletin

  • Death of William Macrae 
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