§ SIR JOHN LENG () Dundee
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate (1) if juries under the Fatal Accidents Inquiry (Scotland) Act, 1895, are expressly precluded from making presentment, such as are frequently made by juries in coroners' inquests in England, relative to circumstances, or the conduct of persons, brought to light during the inquiries; if not, by whom the making of such presentments has been prohibited; and (2) whether, in view of the general dissatisfaction with the expense: of empannelling juries merely to record the time, place, and cause or causes of death, he will consider how the usage in Scotland can be conformed to that in England?
§ * THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. GRAHAM MURRAY,) Buteshire
In reply to the first part of the Question, there is nothing to preclude a jury summoned under the Act referred to from making any statement which could properly be made in returning a verdict under the Act. In reply to the second part of the Question, I am not aware of any general dissatisfaction; and I am not at present inclined to consider that the practice in Scotland requires alteration.