Have you ever wondered why Fatal Accident Investigations (FAI's) take so long?
The Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland has published a report on fatal accident inquiries to answer that very question.
In the report, they have made 12 recommendations how the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service can improve and the Crown office have accepted all of the recommendations (grudgingly of course).
I could have saved everyone involved a whole lot of time.
Because I could have told them that fatal accident enquiries can actually be conducted very quickly and often they are.
The only occasions when FAI's take an eternity to complete are when friends and connections of the corrupt Crown office are involved in the FAI.
And why is that?
It's because the 'passage of time' (and in particular a long 'passage of time') gives the corrupt Crown office a massive advantage when they want to let their guilty buddies off the hook for something they did wrong.
It lets the Crown office claim that evidence and eye witness accounts have 'diminished' with that passage time.
By the time the FAI eventually reports, some witnesses will be too old and in too much ill health to testify - some will even have died (just think how long the Lockerbie fiasco has been going on).
A long 'passage of time' lets the Crown office trot out their usual standard template response that 'there's insufficient evidence in law to prosecute'.
What they really mean is that there's now insufficient evidence in law to prosecute THEIR FRIENDS.