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COPFS Announces Fatal Accident Inquiries

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has announced that it will be using new legislation to hold, for the first time, a joint Fatal Accident Inquiry. The announcement follows investigations into two separate fatal accidents at motor sport events.

An FAI will be held within the Lothian and Borders Sheriffdom to consider the death of Joy Robson at the Snowman Rally in Inverness in February 2013 and the deaths of John Leonard Stern, Elizabeth Allan and Iain John Provan at the Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders in May 2014.

Crown Counsel has instructed a Fatal Accident Inquiry to examine the full circumstances surrounding the deaths and help to avoid such incidents happening in the future.

The decision follows a change in legislation to allow for a single Fatal Accident Inquiry to be held in relation to deaths in different parts of Scotland.

The two events hold similar questions in relation to spectator safety at rallies and the Lord Advocate considers that it is in the public interest that these issues be explored together.

The Crown is liaising with the Sheriff Principal to identify an appropriate location and dates for the Fatal Accident Inquiry to take place.

COPFS has said that there will be no criminal proceedings in relation to either event, though this may be reconsidered should additional evidence come to light.

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