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Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 24th September 2015.

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Photo of Christine Grahame Christine Grahame Scottish National Party

I will give a hypothetical example. Let us say that a young mother who is suffering from severe postnatal depression and who has not been given the appropriate support and help takes the life of her child. A crime will have been committed, but the Lord Advocate might take the view that it is not in the public interest to prosecute, and I think that we would all agree with that. That is an example of a situation in which it is not in the public interest to prosecute in criminal proceedings.