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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 Judgement

18th July 2019

The Standards Commission is pleased to note the terms of a judgement by the Sheriff Principal of Tayside, Central and Fife in respect of an appeal lodged against a decision of one of its Hearing Panels.  The Sheriff Principal refused the appeal in entirety and made no criticisms of the Panel’s decision or reasoning in respect of both breach and sanction.  The Sheriff Principal was satisfied that the Panel had applied Article 10 of the ECHR correctly and that it had “carried out a thorough and independent assessment of the evidence”.  The Sheriff Principal found the appellant liable for the Standards Commission’s expenses in respect of the appeal.  The judgement can be found here.