source: Daily Record
published: 12 November 2017
Legal experts and grieving families have hit out at Scotland’s prosecution service over lengthy delays in probing major tragedies and serious crimes.
The Sunday Mail can reveal that the Crown Office have been sitting on some police reports for almost five years – with no decision being taken on how to proceed.
Relatives of victims of fatal accidents and unlawful acts yesterday spoke of their agony at being left in limbo while they wait for answers.
James Wolffe QC took over as Lord Advocate – the country’s most senior prosecutor and law officer – in May 2016. He replaced Frank Mulholland, who is now a High Court judge.
But there are at least five long-running investigations – three involving fatal accidents, an alleged multimillion pound fraud and a murder first reported to the Crown Office in 2013 – awaiting decisions.