Sheriff overseeing Glasgow bin lorry FAI recuses himself after realising link to victim



The sheriff overseeing the fatal accident inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy has recused himself after realising he was acquainted with one of the victims and known to their family.

Sheriff Principal Craig Scott, who oversaw two hearings before the commencement of the FAI next month and whose link to the family was not immediately apparent in the initial court application, is to be replaced by John Beckett QC.

A statement from the Judiciary of Scotland said that Sheriff Scott “has since become aware that he was acquainted with one of the deceased and is known to the deceased’s family”.

The next hearing is due to take place on on June 18 before Sheriff Beckett at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The statement from the Judiciary of Scotland stated: “Sheriff Principal Scott, QC, has appointed Sheriff John Beckett to replace him on the inquiry which is due to commence on July 22, 2015.

“On March 19 it was announced that the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) relating to the road traffic incident which resulted in the deaths of six people and a number of persons injured in Glasgow city centre on December 22, 2014, was to be conducted by Sheriff Principal Craig AL Scott, QC, at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

“Sheriff Principal Scott has since become aware that he was acquainted with one of the deceased and is known to the deceased’s family.”