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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 - 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: 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.

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: enquiries@standardscommission.org.uk.

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/Mo/3516 Hearing Cllr Paula Coy Moray Council 16/02/22 Online Hearing
LA/AB/3573 No Action Cllr Julie McKenzie Argyll & Bute Council Not applicable - no action Not applicable Download PDF
LA/DG/3543 No Action Cllr Andrew Ferguson Dumfries and Galloway Council Not applicable - no action Not applicable Download PDF
LA/AN/3520 No Action Cllr Craig Fotheringham Angus Council Not applicable - no action Not applicable Download PDF
LA/AC/3497 Hearing Cllr Alison Alphonse Aberdeen City Council 06/12/21 Online Hearing
LA/E/3517 No Action Cllr Adam McVey City of Edinburgh Council Not applicable - no action Not applicable Download PDF
LA/E/3504 No Action Cllr Adam McVey City of Edinburgh Council Not applicable - no action Not applicable Download PDF
LA/PK/3477 Hearing Cllr Lewis Simpson Perth and Kinross Council 18/10/21 Online Hearing No breach Not applicable Download PDF Download PDF
LA/AC/3495 Hearing Cllrs Steve Delaney and Ian Yuill Aberdeen City Council 05/10/21 Online Hearing No breach Not applicable Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Mo/3469 No Action Cllr Derek Ross Moray Council Not applicable - no action Not applicable Download PDF
LA/CES/3453 No Action Cllr John Mitchell Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Not applicable - no action Not applicable Download PDF
LA/R/2257 & LA/R/3262 Hearing Cllr Paul Mack Renfrewshire Council 03/05/21 Online Hearing Breach of paragraphs 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 and paragraphs 2 and 20 of Annex C Disqualify Download PDF Download PDF
LA/OI/3265 Hearing Cllr John Ross Scott Orkney Islands Council 18/01/21 Online Hearing Breach of paragraphs 3.1, 3.2, 3.16 and 3.17 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF
LA/SI/3305 Hearing Cllr Ryan Thomson Shetland Islands Council 17/12/20 Online Hearing Breach of paragraphs 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.11 and 4.21 Censure Download PDF Download PDF
LA/Fi/3278 Hearing Cllr Andy Heer Fife Council 16/12/20 Online Hearing Breach of paragraph 3.19 Suspension Download PDF Download PDF