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.
Cases - Referral Decisions, Forthcoming Hearings and Hearing Determinations
- LA/WL/1882 & NHS/Lo/1872
- LA/E/1737 & LA/E/1751
- LA/As/1963 & 1993
- LA/R/1946 & 1973
- LA/AB/1967, LA/AB/1969, LA/AB/1972/A,B, LA/AB/1979/A,B,C and LA/AB/1986
- LA/Mi/2166 & LA/Mi/2169
- LA/Mi/2166 & 2169
- LA/R/2257 & 3262
- LA/Fi/3039 & 3075
- LA/R/2257 & LA/R/3262
- Hearing Procedures, Rules and Guidance
- Cases - Interim Suspensions
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|Case Ref.||Decision on Referral||Respondent(s)||Organisation||Hearing Date/Time||Venue||Decision on Breach||Decision on Sanction||Press Release||Written Decision|
|LA/PK/1948||Referral withdrawn by CESPLS - see press release||Cllr Kathleen Howie||Perth and Kinross Council||01/01/17||Not Applicable - see press release||Download PDF |
|NB/SFRS/1919||Hearing||Mr Neil Pirie||Scottish Fire and Rescue Service||01/03/17||East Service Centre of the Fire and Rescue Service, 21 Claylands Road, Newbridge, EH28 8LF||No Breach||Not applicable - see Written Decision||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/AC/1876||Hearing||Cllr William Cormie||Aberdeen City Council||24/01/17||Council Chamber, Aberdeen City Council, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY||Breach of paragraphs 7.1, 7.3 and 7.4||Suspension||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/WD/1879||Hearing||Cllr Tommy Rainey||West Dunbartonshire Council||22/11/16||West Dunbartonshire Council, Garshake Road, Dumbarton, G82 3PU||Breach of paragraphs 5.3, 5.7(ii), 5.9 and 7.12||Censure||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/WL/1882 & NHS/Lo/1872||Hearing||Cllr Frank Toner||West Lothian Council & Lothian NHS Board||24/11/16||Scotland’s Rural College, Oatridge Campus, Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, EH52 6NH||Breach of paras 5.3, 5.6 & 5.12 of the Councillors’ Code and Breach of paras 5.3, 5.4, 5.8 & 5.12 of the Lothian NHS Board Code||Censure||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/Fa/1799||Hearing||Cllr Alan Nimmo||Falkirk Council||24/10/16||Falkirk Town Hall (Known as FTH), West Bridge Street, Falkirk, FK1 5RS||Breach of paragraph 3.19||Censure||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/R/1800||Hearing||Cllr Paul Mack||Renfrewshire Council||17/10/16||Council Headquarters, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1LE||Breach of paragraph 3.2||Suspension||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/AB/1758||Hearing||Cllr Michael Breslin||Argyll and Bute Council||19/10/16||Lothian Chambers, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1RN||Breach of paragraph 3.3 and paragraph 20 of Annex C||Censure||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/H/1693||Hearing||Cllr Roderick Balfour||The Highland Council||17/05/16||Town House, High St, Inverness, Highland, IV1 1JJ||Breach of paragraph 3.1||Censure||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/D/1714||Hearing||Cllr Ken Guild||Dundee City Council||13/06/16||Dundee City Council, City Chambers, 19 City Square, Dundee DD1 3BY||Breach of paragraphs 3.14 and 3.15||Censure||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|NPA/LLT/1781||Hearing||Mr Owen McKee||Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority||12/04/16||Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG||Breach of paragraphs 5.6 and 7.11||Censure||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/An/1772||Hearing||Cllr Colin Brown||Angus Council||15/03/16||Angus Council, Angus House, Orchardbank, Forfar, DD8 1AN||Breach of paragraphs 5.2, 5.3, 5.10||Suspension||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/AC/1720 & 1743||Hearing||Cllr Willie Young||Aberdeen City Council||12/01/16||Aberdeen City Council, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY||Breach paragraph 3.14||Censure||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/C/1640||Hearing||Cllr Archie Drummond||Clackmannanshire Council||14/04/16||Clackmannanshire Council, Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB||Breach of paragraphs 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5; Annex C paragraph 20||Suspension||Download PDF ||Download PDF |
|LA/EL/1654||Hearing||Cllr Paul McLennan||East Lothian Council||13/11/15||The Town House, High Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4DA||Breach of paragraphs 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.7, 4.8 and 4.22||Suspension||Download PDF ||Download PDF |