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Cases

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 21 days of the conclusion of the Hearing. 

Information about Hearings & Cases will be kept for 7 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 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).

If any Hearing is to be held online it will be livestreamed. When a livestream is in progress, a link will be found here. To view the Hearing, click on the link taking you to our YouTube page. No recording should be made, or photographs/screenshots taken, during the Hearing.

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 may have to hold the Hearing online or limit the number of attendees. If we are holding the Hearing online or unable to accommodate the public and press it will be livestreamed with a link provided on this page.

If we are able to accommodate the public and press at a Hearing to be held in person (rather than online), we will do so on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to reserve a place at a Hearing, please email: enquiries@standardscommission.org.uk 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/R/2257 & 3262 Hearing Cllr Paul Mack Renfrewshire Council 10/09/20 Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1UJ Decision quashed on appeal on grounds that Panel should not have proceeded in absence of Respondent who was self-isolating No longer applicable 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
LA/SB/2219 Hearing Cllr James Fullarton Scottish Borders Council 06/11/19 Council Headquarters, Newton St. Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA No breach Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Mi/2166 & 2169 Hearing Cllr Colin Cassidy Midlothian Council 10/07/19 Start: 10 am Council Chambers, Midlothian House, 40-46 Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1DN Breach of paragraph 5.3 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Fi/2176 Hearing Cllr Linda Holt Fife Council 25/06/19 Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT Breach of paragraphs 4.1, 4.23, 5.3, 5.7(ii) and 5.9 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/D/2158 Hearing Cllr Gregor Murray Dundee City Council 15/05/19 City Chambers, 14 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BY Breach of paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Mi/2169 Hearing Cllr John Hackett Midlothian Council 09/05/19 Council Chambers, Midlothian House, 40-46 Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1DN Breach of paragraph 7.3 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Mi/2166 & LA/Mi/2169 Hearing Cllr Margot Russell Midlothian Council 09/05/19 Council Chambers, Midlothian House, 40-46 Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1DN Breach of paragraph 7.3 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/SL/2153 Hearing Cllr Gerry Convery South Lanarkshire Council 04/04/19 Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0AA Breach of paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/As/2173 Hearing Cllr Paul Johnston Aberdeenshire Council 18/03/19 Start: 10 am. Cadell Room, City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE Breach of paragraphs 4.1 and 4.20 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/An/2134 Hearing Cllr Brian Boyd Angus Council 20/02/19 Angus House, Orchardbank, Forfar, DD8 1AN Breach of paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 Censure Download PDF Download PDF