The Crown Office is examining the Scottish Government’s report into the baby ashes scandal.
Prosecutors are examining the document in an effort to identify any criminal wrongdoing at a number of crematoriums across the country, including the one at Hazlehead in Aberdeen, where practices were said to be the worst seen.
It comes as more families approach the legal team representing those affected by the baby ashes scandal.
Lindsay Bruce, a senior solicitor at Thompson Solicitors, said: “We have had people from the Aberdeen area and some from across Scotland. There have been quite a few but we don’t have an exact number at the minute.”
Practices at Aberdeen’s council-run Hazlehead Crematorium were slammed in the Scottish Government report that revealed deceased infants were being cremated in the same chamber as adults. Ms Bruce said existing claims had been put on hold while the investigation was carried out by the Scottish Government.
She added: “We would look to progress these forward to the Court of Session in Edinburgh if there was no meaningful discussion coming forward from the council. We don’t know and the parents don’t know what their (Aberdeen City Council) position is.”
Ms Bruce could not comment whether criminal charges could be brought to those involved, but said her clients felt there had been a “cover up” at the council and a “lack of empathy”.
She added: “I think the parents are quite justified that since 2012 still no one is trying to make any meaningful kind of apology.”
Aberdeen City Council’s chief executive Angela Scott today reiterated her apology ahead of making a statement to full council today.
She said: “On behalf of the council I want to again apologise unreservedly to those grieving families affected by the historic practices, now stopped, at Aberdeen Crematorium.
“Today I have asked my heads of legal and HR to consider in full the implications of Dame Elish’s report and recommendations. I will report their findings to council in August.
“I also today contacted the inspector of crematoria Scotland and at my invitation he will undertake an inspection of Aberdeen Crematorium in the next few days.”