The Post-mortem Examinations (Defence Time Limit) (Scotland) Bill seeks to deal with situations where a person has been charged with an offence in connection with causing or contributing to a death such as murder or culpable homicide. It imposes a 14-day time limit on the period during which the defence can instruct its own post-mortem examination (PME), rather than relying on the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) PME. It allows for a process to extend the time limit on making an application to the court. 

The Bill was introduced in May 2020 by Gil Paterson MSP.

Read more about the Bill.

Read our stage 1 briefing, 25 January 2021