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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 has made and any interim suspensions in place.

Our Cases

Information about cases referred to the Standards Commission, including scheduled and concluded Hearings are provided in the table below.

Hearings start at 9:30 unless otherwise stated.

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 10 working days of the conclusion of the Hearing. 

Information about Hearings & Cases will be kept for seven years from the date of the Standards Commission’s full written decision.  After this, details about the case will be removed from the website and will no longer be available, in line with the Standards Commission’s Document Retention Schedule.

In order to be as accessible as possible, the Standards Commission will hold the Hearing at a venue in the area of the headquarters of the Local Authority (where the Respondent is a councillor); or at the venue where the devolved public body holds its meetings (if the Respondent is a member of a devolved public body).

If any Hearing is to be held online it will be livestreamed. When a livestream is in progress, a link will be found here. You will need to click on the link taking you to our YouTube page.

While Hearings are normally open to the public and press, social distancing guidelines in place during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic mean that the Standards Commission will have to limit the number of attendees at Hearings scheduled to be held in October, November and December 2020. If we are unable to accommodate the public and press we will livestream the Hearing and a link will be provided on this page of the website.

If we are able to accommodate the public and press, we will do so on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to reserve a place at a Hearing, please email: with your name and the Hearing you wish to attend. We will then reply to let you know if you have been allocated a space at the Hearing. PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND IF YOU HAVE NOT RESERVED A SPACE.

Please note that we will publish a full written decision on the website following the conclusion of a Hearing. We will also prepare a press release. If you would like a copy of this to be emailed to you at the conclusion of the Hearing, please let us know.

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/SI/3305 Hearing Cllr Ryan Thomson Shetland Islands Council 17/12/20 To be arranged
LA/Fi/3278 Hearing Councillor Andy Heer Fife Council 16/12/20 Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT
LA/Fi/3039 & 3075 Hearing Cllr Tony Miklinski Fife Council 23/11/20 Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT
LA/AC/3199 Hearing Cllr Alan Donnelly Aberdeen City Council 20/11/20 Council Chamber, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY
LA/ER/3271 Hearing Cllr Jim Swift East Renfrewshire Council 13/11/20 Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG
LA/Fi/3125 Hearing Cllr Brian Thomson Fife Council 09/11/20 Online Hearing
LA/AC/2276 Hearing Cllr Marie Boulton Aberdeen City Council 22/10/20 Online Hearing Breach of paragraphs 3.16 and 3.17 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Mo/3132 Hearing Cllr Shona Morrison Moray Council 12/10/20 Online Hearing Breach of paragraphs 4.1, 4.2, 4.11, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6 and 5.13 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/WD/3016 Hearing Cllr James Bollan West Dunbartonshire Council 14/09/20 The Chamber, Municipal Buildings, 20 Station Road, Dumbarton, G82 1NR Breach of paragraphs 3.3 and 3.17 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/R/2257 & 3262 Hearing Cllr Paul Mack Renfrewshire Council 10/09/20 Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1UJ Breach of paragraphs 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 and paragraphs 2 and 20 of Annex C Disqualify Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Fi/2268 Hearing Cllr Linda Erskine Fife Council 24/08/20 Online Hearing No breach Download PDF Download PDF
LA/SL/2252 Hearing Cllr Gerry Convery South Lanarkshire Council 23/07/20 Online Hearing Breach of paragraphs 5.2, 5.3, 5.10 and 5.12 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/H/3003 Hearing Cllr Allan Henderson Highland Council 08/07/20 Online Hearing Breach of paragraphs 5.3, 5.7 and 5.18 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/CES/2214 Hearing Cllr Roddie Mackay Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Council Buildings, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2BW No further action Not applicable Download PDF
LA/WL/2213 Hearing Cllr Frank Anderson West Lothian Council 20/11/19 West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF Breach of paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF