Update on guidance on requirements for FAI applications

Thursday, Jun 01, 2017

We have made changes to our guidance about the steps and information needed in an application for legal aid for representation at a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI). This guidance can be found in the Civil handbook.

The changes are in response to the Act of Sederunt (Fatal Accident Inquiry Rules) 2017, which comes into force on 15 June and sets out how inquiries are to work in practice.

The Inquiry Principles include progressing an inquiry speedily and efficiently.  We will be prioritising legal aid applications for FAIs and to help with this we need your assistance.

As soon as your client provides instructions you should consider what may be needed for a legal aid application. This may include telling your client what information they will need to provide for us to assess their financial eligibility. We know you will do this as a matter of course but if it is done as soon as possible the civil legal aid application is more likely to be ready for lodging early in the process.

If you are unsure about anything in our guidance please get in touch with us so that we can assist you with the information you will need to give us.

You should lodge the application as soon as possible providing the information set out in this guidance so we can assess your application with the minimum of delay. 

If you have any queries, please contact:
Catriona Whyte
Head of Legal Services – Civil & Children’s
T: 0131 240 2088
E: whyteca@slab.org.uk


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