An article in The Scotsman has complained that health and safety prosecutions taken an excessive length of time to get to court and this puts great stress on all involved.
I agree with this. With cases in which I have been involved as an expert witness, and the cases I report in my blogs, the time taken to get to court runs into years. One company, where I was an expert witness at an inquest and Crown Court case took 2 years from the date of the accident and the inquest and a further 2 years to get to Crown Court. This was a case where the deceased person had acted against the specific instructions of the Production Director given on the previous day. Both he and the Managing Director were under great strain for these 4 years.