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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 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: 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/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
LA/Fi/1501, 1516, 1518 & 1536 Hearing Cllr Brian Thomson Fife Council 14/07/15 Fife House, North Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT Breach of paragraphs 5.7, 5.12, 5.13 and 7.12 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/AC/1520, 1521, 1523, 1524, 1529, 1532-35, 1537-1609, 1611 & 1613 Hearing Cllrs Barney Crockett, Neil Cooney, Fraser Forsyth, Ross Grant, Jenny Laing, Ross Thomson and Willie Young Aberdeen City Council 15/04/15 Aberdeen City Council, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY No Breach N/A Download PDF Download PDF