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VOLUME 1: REPORT

Remit and Membership

REPORT

SECTION 1: BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION

Background to the inquiry
Purpose of the inquiry
Evidence-taking process
Structure of the report
Nature of conclusions and recommendations

List of people referenced in the report

Timeline of events

Guide to the fingerprint identification and verification process

SECTION 2: MARK Y7

Introduction

SCRO consideration of mark Y7

Identification and verification as part of the Marion Ross case
Identification and verification following the David Asbury trial
What others have said about mark Y7

Mark Y7: Areas of dispute

The debate about the characteristics of mark Y7
The analysis of mark Y7
Factors cited to explain disagreement between experts
Procedures used by SCRO fingerprint officers in the identification and verification of mark Y7
The professional competence of SCRO fingerprint officers in relation to mark Y7

Settlement of the civil action raised by Shirley McKie

History of the civil action
Evidence from the Minister for Justice on the civil action
Conclusion on the civil action

Committee conclusions on mark Y7

Mark Y7 in the context of the inquiry remit

SECTION 3: REVIEWS OF THE SCRO FINGERPRINT BUREAU

Introduction

HMIC Primary Inspection of SCRO Fingerprint Bureau 2000

Background and remit
HMIC report – conclusions and recommendations
ACPOS response to HMIC report
Mark Y7 element of the inspection

Key Themes

Structure of fingerprint services in Scotland
Leadership and management
Human Resources
Procedures
Quality Assurance

Subsequent HMIC Inspections of SCRO

HMIC Primary Inspection of the Scottish Criminal Record Office 2000
HMIC Second Year Review of SCRO Primary Inspection of 2000
HMIC Third Year Review of SCRO 2003
HMIC Primary Inspection report 2004

Committee conclusions on reviews of the SCRO Fingerprint Bureau

SECTION 4: THE FUTURE OF THE SCOTTISH FINGERPRINT SERVICE

Introduction

Existing weaknesses

Action Plan for Excellence

The O’Dowd Report

Structure, leadership and management of fingerprint services in Scotland
Human Resources
Procedures
Quality Assurance
Conclusion on the O’Dowd report

Human Resources – the ‘ICAS Report’

Inter-bureaux tensions
Staff/management relations
Sickness absence levels

Action Plan for Excellence – addressing existing weaknesses

Structure of fingerprint services in Scotland
Leadership and management
Human Resources
Procedures
Quality Assurance

Conclusion on the Action Plan for Excellence

Strengthening the Action Plan for Excellence
Barriers to successful implementation of the Action Plan for Excellence

Committee conclusions on the future of the Scottish Fingerprint Service

Scottish Fingerprint Service – past and present
Scottish Fingerprint Service – looking to the future

Section 5: Key Conclusions and Recommendations

Section 1

Purpose of the inquiry
Evidence-taking process

Section 2: Mark Y7

Conclusions on mark Y7
Factors cited to explain disagreements among experts on mark Y7
SCRO Fingerprint Bureau Procedures
Settlement of the civil action raised by Shirley McKie

Section 3: Reviews of the SCRO Fingerprint Bureau

Principal conclusions and recommendations
HMIC Second Year Review of SCRO Primary Inspection of 2000
HMIC Primary Inspection report 2004
Committee conclusions on the reviews of the SCRO Bureau

Section 4: The future of the Scottish Fingerprint Service

Action Plan for Excellence
Key conclusions and recommendations
Structure of fingerprint services in Scotland
Leadership and management
Human Resources
Procedures
Quality Assurance
Strengthening the Action Plan for Excellence
Barriers to successful implementation of the Action Plan for Excellence
The future of the Scottish Fingerprint Service

Commonly used acronyms and glossary of terms

ANNEXE A – HMIC Primary Inspection 2000: Summary of recommendations

ANNEXE B – SCRO: Organisational Charts

ANNEXE C – Extract from the Minutes of Justice 1 Committee

Remit and membership

Remit:

To consider and report on matters relating to the administration of civil and criminal justice, the reform of the civil and criminal law and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Justice, and the functions of the Lord Advocate other than as head of the systems of criminal prosecution and investigations of deaths in Scotland.

Membership:

Pauline McNeill (Convener)
Marlyn Glen
Mr Bruce McFee
Margaret Mitchell
Mrs Mary Mulligan
Mike Pringle
Stewart Stevenson (Deputy Convener)

Committee Clerking Team:

Callum Thomson
Douglas Wands
Euan Donald
Lewis McNaughton
Allan Campbell

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