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Statistical issues arising in the conduct of fatal accident inquiries

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FOSW01 - The nature of questions arising in court that can be addressed via probability and statistical methods

Review of fatal accident inquiries into 97 deaths in Scottish prison custody identified failure properly to secure evidence; procurator-failure to allow the full extent of post-mortem; sherrif-failure properly to report actually-prescribed medication-dosages; failure to lead admissible empirical evidence, for example in reports by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland; reliance instead on subjectivity; long delays in providing written determinations;  inconsistency in the determinations reached on similar cases; failure to post all written determinations on Scottish courts' web-site; failure to consider the epidemiology of prisoner-deaths in deciding that a written determination should be made.

For Scotland, most of these failures have been taken into account, and remedied, by recommendations in the report of the Lord Cullen.

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