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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. The section also contains information for individuals who are the subject of a Hearing (Respondents).

Forthcoming Hearings and Hearing Decisions

Information about forthcoming Hearings, and the Standards Commission's Hearing decisions, can be found in the table below. 

Hearings start at 9:30 unless otherwise stated.

In order to be as accessible as possible, the Standards Commission will usually 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).

Unless indicated otherwise in the table below, if any Hearing is to be held online it will be livestreamed. When a livestream is in progress, a link will be found here.

Please note:

  • the link to the livestream will not be published until 9:15 on the day of the Hearing;
  • if a message is displayed stating that the Hearing is in adjournment, you may need to refresh your page in order to view the Hearing when it recommences; and
  • no recording should be made, or photographs/screenshots taken, during the Hearing.

Press Releases are available to download within five days of the conclusion of the Hearing. If you would like a copy of this to be emailed to you at the conclusion of the Hearing, please let us know.

Full Written Decisions are available to download within 14 days of the conclusion of the Hearing. 

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

Information about cases where the Standards Commission has decided to direct the Ethical Standards Commissioner to carry out further investigation, or where the decision has been made to take no action, can be found under 'Cases - No Action Decisions and Further Investigations'.

Information about Hearings will be kept for five 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.

Media Information

Information on the Standards Commission and its Hearings can be found in our media information sheet, which is accessible from the homepage. All media enquiries should be directed to:

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/WL/3698 Hearing Cllr William Boyle West Lothian Council 16/02/24 West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF
LA/H/3759 Hearing Cllr Maxine Smith Highland Council 06/02/24 TBC
LA/NA/3707 Hearing Cllr Tom Marshall North Ayrshire Council 26/01/24 Council Chambers, Cunninghame House, Friarscroft, Irvine, KA12 8EE
LA/AC/3812 Hearing Cllr M. Tauqeer Malik Aberdeen City Council 17/01/24 Online Hearing
LA/WL/3790 Hearing Cllr Sally Pattle West Lothian Council 30/11/23 West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF
LA/As/3780 Hearing Cllr Fatima Joji Aberdeenshire Council 30/10/23 Online Hearing Breach of paragraph 3.1 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/E/3645 Hearing Former Cllr John McLellan City of Edinburgh Council 09/10/23 Lothian Valuation Joint Board, 17A South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9FL No breach Not applicable Download PDF Download PDF
LA/NL/3705 Hearing Cllr Kenneth Duffy North Lanarkshire Council 29/09/23 Lesser Hall, Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Stirling Street, Airdrie, ML6 0AS Breach of paragraph 3.10 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/SL/3558b Hearing Cllr Monique McAdams South Lanarkshire Council 30/08/23 Online and in private Breach of paragraphs 3.16 and 3.17 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Mi/3803 Hearing Cllr Bryan Pottinger Midlothian Council 23/08/23 Council Chambers, Midlothian House, 40-46 Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1DN No breach Not applicable Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Fi/3614 Hearing Former Cllr Linda Holt Fife Council 11/07/23 Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT Breach of paragraph 3.2 of 2018 Code Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/H/3755 Hearing Cllr Hugh Morrison Highland Council 25/05/23 Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness No breach Not applicable Download PDF Download PDF
LA/SL/3558a Hearing Cllr Joe Fagan South Lanarkshire Council 27/06/23 South Lanarkshire Council Headquarters, Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0AA Breach of paragraphs 3.16 and 3.17 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/S/3571 Hearing Cllr Danny Gibson Stirling Council 21/06/23 Council Chambers, Old Viewforth, Stirling, FK8 2ET Breach of paragraphs 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 7.3 and 7.4 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/D/3745 & 3742 Hearing Former Cllr Gregor Murray Dundee City Council 06/06/23 City Chambers, 14 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BY Breach of paragraphs 3.1, 3.2, 3.10, 3.24 and 3.25 Censure Download PDF Download PDF