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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/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