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This section contains details about Hearings to be held by the Standards Commission and the procedures to be followed. It also contains information about decisions the Standards Commission have made.

Our Cases

Details of recent Standards Commission Hearings are provided in the table below.

Hearings start at 9:30 unless otherwise stated here.


If there is no entry in the Hearing Date / Time column, the date for the Hearing is still to be arranged. 

Press Releases are available to download within five working days of the conclusion of the Hearing.

Full Written Decisions are available to download within 25 working days of the conclusion of the Hearing.

Given that the Standards Commission is publicly funded, we seek to ensure best value by holding Hearings in a building of the Council or Body the Respondent is a Member of wherever possible.

Standards Commissions Scotland
Case Ref. Decision on Referral Respondent(s) Organisation Hearing Date/Time Venue Decision on Breach Decision on Sanction Press Release Written Decision
LA/Fa/1392 Hearing Cllr Robert Spears Falkirk Council 17/02/14 Best Western Park Hotel, Camelon Road, Falkirk, FK1 5RY Breach of paragraph 3.2 Censure Download PDF
LA/SB/1291 Hearing Cllr Ron Smith Scottish Borders Council 10/07/13 Scottish Borders Council, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA Breach of paragraphs 5.7 and 7.12 Suspension Download PDF
LA/Mi/1278 Hearing Cllr Lisa Beattie and Mr Colin Beattie MSP (former Cllr) Midlothian Council 18/06/13 Newbattle Abbey College, Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 3LL Breach of paragraphs 4.1, 4.18 and 4.19 of the Code and Regulation 4 of the Register of Interest Regulations 2003 Censure Download PDF
LA/Fa/1264 Hearing Cllr William F Buchanan Falkirk Council 17/04/13 Best Western Park Hotel, Camelon Road, Falkirk, FK1 5RY Breach of paragraph 3.16 Censure Download PDF
LA/H/1231 Hearing Cllr Kenneth MacLeod The Highland Council 18/03/13 Townhouse, High Street, Inverness, IV2 1JJ Breach of paragraphs 5.3, 5.6 and 7.15 Censure Download PDF
LA/EL/1133 & 1138 Hearing Cllr Barry Turner East Lothian Council 10/02/12 Maitlandfield House Hotel, 24 Sidegate, Haddington, EH41 4BZ Breach of paragraphs 7.3, 7.10 and 7.11 Suspension Download PDF