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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.

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 - please note, if a banner is showing stating that the Hearing is in adjournment, you may need to refresh your page in order to view the Hearing when it recommences. 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: 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.

Media Information

Information on the Standards Commission and its Hearings can be found in our media information sheet. 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/1824 Hearing Cllr Angela Moohan West Lothian Council 24/05/17 West Lothian Council, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF Breach of paragraphs 4.2, 5.7 and 5.10 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/E/1737 & LA/E/1751 Hearing Cllrs Cameron Rose and Jeremy Balfour City of Edinburgh Council 19/05/17 Mezzo Suite, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA No Breach Download PDF Download PDF
LA/NL/1940 Hearing Cllr Rosa Zambonini North Lanarkshire Council 06/04/17 North Lanarkshire Council, Dalziel Building 7 Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN Breach of paragraphs 4.3 and 4.7 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/PK/1948 Referral withdrawn by CESPLS - see press release Councillor 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