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).
Cases - Forthcoming Hearings and Hearing Decisions
- LA/Mi/2166 & LA/Mi/2169
- LA/Mi/2166 & 2169
- LA/R/2257 & 3262
- LA/Fi/3039 & 3075
- LA/R/2257 & LA/R/3262
- LA/D/3745 & 3742
Cases - No Action Decisions and Further Investigations
- NPA/C/3612 & 3628 and LA/As/3613
- 3527 & 3570
- LA/E/3708 & 3724
- NB/NHS NS/3874
- Hearing Procedures, Rules and Guidance
- Information for Respondents
- Cases - Interim Suspensions
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.
- the link to the livestream will not be published until 9:15 on the day of the Hearing;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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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 |