Environmental and Wildlife Crime Committee
Remit and terms of reference
The Environmental and Wildlife Crime Working Group Committee will support the Scottish Sentencing Council in its preparation of a sentencing guideline on environmental and wildlife crime.
The Committee will oversee all aspects of the development of the guideline until submission to the High Court and will give consideration thereafter to ongoing monitoring of the guideline. The Council will specify the expected lifetime of the committee. This may be reviewed and, if appropriate, amended by the Council during the committee’s lifetime. The Committee’s work will include, in particular:
- making recommendations to the Council as to its scope, content and approach
- identifying knowledge and information gaps relevant to the guideline’s development, submitting any proposals for research to the Research Committee
- reviewing draft guidelines prepared by the Secretariat, providing advice and direction as required while having regard to any guideline methodology and drafting style agreed by the Council
- supporting engagement with relevant stakeholders at all stages of the guideline’s development
- overseeing the judicial and public consultation process, including the preparation of consultation documents and impact assessments
The Committee will report regularly to the Council on the progress of guideline development, making recommendations and, where appropriate, referring significant or potentially controversial decisions to the Council.
Susan Fallone JP
Susan will hold office until December 2023.
Susan Fallone has been a JP in Edinburgh since 2013. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2006, and called to the Bar in 2021. She was appointed as a safeguarder in 2013, and acts as a curator ad litem and reporting officer in Edinburgh. She has an extensive range of experience within the legal system, having worked within the areas of criminal defence, family, and housing law; for law centres; for local authorities; as a supervision solicitor at the University of Strathclyde Law School; and as an in-court advisor. She sat on children’s hearings from 1995-2001. As well as her legal qualifications – LLB, LLM, and the Diploma in Legal Practice – she has an MA in social science.