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Codes and Acts
The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (the 2000 Act) provided a framework to encourage, and where necessary, enforce, high ethical standards in public life. The 2000 Act established the Standards Commission for Scotland and the post of Chief Investigating Officer (whose functions are now undertaken by the Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland).
The 2000 Act provided for the Councillors' Code of Conduct which provides for the principles and rules governing the conduct of councillors across all Scotland's local authorities and the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies upon which devolved public bodies base their individual Members' Codes.
The Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Act 2010 provided for the establishment of the Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life and that one of its two members, the Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland would undertake those functions previously undertaken by the Chief Investigating Officer.
Although the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 includes in Schedule 3 a list of bodies who are covered by the ethical standards framework, this list is subject to change from time to time. A complete list of bodies, along with information about their Codes and Registers of Interest, can be found by clicking here.