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Access to remote Fatal Accident Inquiry hearings

You are applying to access a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) hearing which is being held in a virtual courtroom. 

Please read the following carefully before accessing the hearing. It is important that you read and understand the conditions of access.

Be aware that if these rules are breached, public access to the hearing may be withdrawn on instruction of the presiding sheriff.

That includes not sharing the access information - access is provided to you, the individual, and in accessing the case, you are agreeing to the conditions set out. 


Where a hearing is to be held online the following procedures apply:

Access to the hearing will close if capacity is reached. As in a physical court, attending an online hearing is provided on a first come, first served basis, however a significantly larger number of people can be accommodated via remote access.

Depending on the particular nature and circumstances of each case, the public will be provided with either audio or video-audio access to the hearing.

Restrictions

Those linking in to hearings are subject to the same rules as if they were present in Court. Anyone failing to obey or respect the authority of the Court may be subject to Contempt of Court proceedings.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service retains the copyright of live audio and/or video recordings of court proceedings. Although you are welcome to access the proceedings, the re-use, capture, re-editing or redistribution of the material in any form is not permitted. You should be aware that any such use could attract liability for breach of copyright or defamation, in addition to the possibility of contempt of court proceedings.

Audio access

When accessing an audio link, you must:

  • not record or store the proceedings
  • not broadcast the proceedings
  • not comment on the proceedings using live text based communications (such as Twitter) during the course of a hearing - with the exception of journalists registered with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, or journalists who have obtained permission in advance.

Audio-video access

When accessing an audio-video link, you must:

  • not take any screengrabs of any kind
  • not record or store the proceedings
  • not broadcast the proceedings
  • not copy any documents or productions shown
  • not comment on the proceedings using live text based communications (such as Twitter) during the course of a hearing - with the exception of journalists registered with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, or journalists who have obtained permission in advance.

Accessing the hearing: audio

To dial into the audio link, follow these steps:

  1. Dial (United Kingdom Toll) +44-20-7660-8149
  2. Enter the access code / meeting number provided below
  3. When prompted press #

Once connected the line will remain silent until the hearing begins and then the sound will activate automatically. As participant arrangements require to be put in place, the hearing may not start immediately and your patience is appreciated.  

Accessing the hearing: audio-video

Hearings are accessed through a web browser, and it is recommended that you use Google Chrome. Participants will be asked to install a Webex extension when accessing the hearings for the first time. This takes about 5 minutes and can be done in advance which will make joining the hearing quicker at the time. For further instruction see the User Guide.

Once connected, you should see a frozen screen with the names of participants along the bottom. As arrangements for participants require to be put in place, the hearing may not open immediately, and you will be in a waiting room until the hearing is ready to start. Your patience is appreciated. The images and audio will appear automatically once the case starts.

See the Q&A for more information.

 

Hearing access details

Audio access

Case: 
Date: 
Time: 
Dial (United Kingdom toll): +44 207660 8149
Access code: 



 

 

 

 

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