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Exhumations

Exhumations are very rarely carried out and require a Sheriff’s warrant..  Where exhumation is requested by a family purely to transfer the location of the deceased, this decision should be given careful consideration as the exhumation process can be a very intrusive process.

The family requesting the exhumation are required to submit a 'Plea-in-Law' via a solicitor to the Sheriff.  Permission to apply for the warrant to disinter must be given by the person recorded as the Lair Holder and by any close surviving relatives of the deceased.

A 'Certificate of Feasibility' issued by the Council (Bereavement Services) should also accompany the solicitors application to the Sheriff.

The Sheriff has to be satisfied that the request is justifiable before a warrant may be granted.

An Environmental Health Officer must be present at the exhumation to supervise the event to ensure that respect for the deceased person is maintained and that public health is protected.

There will be charges made by the solicitor, the court and the Council.  Additionally if a Funeral Director is involved for any part of the process costs will be payable to them also.

Costs

Charges will be applicable and will be based on the circumstances of each particular case.


Bereavement Services Central
Tel: 01592 583524
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Bereavement Services East
Tel: 01334 659336
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Bereavement Services West
Tel: 01383 602335
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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