When someone dies suddenly as the result of an accident or in a situation where the deceased’s GP feels unable to issue a death certificate, the death and the circumstances surrounding will become a matter for the Procurator Fiscal.
Usually, the Procurator Fiscal or their representatives, the police, will engage a contracted undertaker to convey the deceased to the mortuary. A post-mortem may be required. Once the Procurator Fiscal’s enquiries have been completed, a death certificate will be issued.
If a family intend cremation they should notify the Procurator Fiscal. Even if the death has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal, early contact with us is strongly recommended so that we can advise and guide you on the various procedures.