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The Standards Commission is an independent body whose purpose is to encourage high ethical standards in public life through the promotion and enforcement of Codes of Conduct for councillors and those appointed to the boards of devolved public bodies.

Appeal Decision

11th February 2021

At a hearing on 4 February 2021, a Sheriff Principal considered an appeal lodged by a Respondent against a decision made by a Panel of the Standards Commission, at a Hearing on 10 September 2020, to find him in breach of the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and to disqualify him. The Sheriff Principal did not consider, or make any finding, on the Panel’s decisions on breach and sanction, but determined that it should not have proceeded with the Hearing in the absence of the Respondent, who was self-isolating from 9 September 2020 (having been in close contact with an individual who had tested positive for Covid-19).

The Sheriff Principal remitted the matter back to the Standards Commission to consider at a new Hearing. The new Hearing will be held on 8 March 2021, at 9:30 and will be livestreamed. A link to the livestream will appear on the Cases page of the website on the morning of the Hearing, shortly before it is due to start.