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CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE Anthony J Bonnar Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute Health & Safety Division.

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1 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE Anthony J Bonnar Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute Health & Safety Division

2 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 2 The Role of the Crown Office Health & Safety Division

3 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 3 COPFS Background Key People Local prosecutions

4 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 4 The Health and Safety Division Philosophy and Formation Training Nationwide Coverage VIA Support

5 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 5 The work of the Division Joint investigations Initial Police primacy Has an offence been committed? Possibility of a Fatal Accident Inquiry

6 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 6 Early attendance Gathering of evidence Assurances from duty holders Evidential requirements

7 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 7 Fatal Accident Inquiries Mandatory or discretionary? What are they for? What can a Sheriff not do? The discretion to dispense with an Inquiry

8 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 8 The precognition process Identifying further enquiries Precognition of witnesses

9 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 9 Early resolution Early contact with the defence Early disclosure of evidence Identify whether accused will plead guilty Agreed narrations

10 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 10 Statistics 142 active cases (36 relating to fatal incidents) 111 reported by HSE, 31 from other agencies 83 concluded indictments 24 concluded summary complaints Total fines exceed £5.1 million

11 CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE 11 Any questions?


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