The Committee will oversee the development of a guideline on the sentencing process for submission to the High Court for approval. The Committee’s work will include:
- making recommendations to the Council as to the scope, content and approach of its work
- identifying knowledge and information gaps relevant to the guideline’s development
- submitting any requests for research to the Council's Research Committee
- reviewing draft guidelines prepared by the Secretariat
- providing advice and direction in 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 to the Council regularly on its progress, making recommendations, or handing over controversial decisions.
Stephen O’Rourke QC
Stephen is the Council's advocate member.
Stephen was called to the Bar in Scotland in 2002, served as an Advocate Depute from 2010 to 2013 and is currently a Standing Junior to the Advocate General for Scotland. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2017. He has a mixed criminal and civil practice which has included many appearances in the Criminal Appeal Court in conviction and sentencing matters acting for both the Crown and individual appellants. He has a strong interest in sentencing reform within the context of Scotland's new appellate structures. He studied at Edinburgh University where he obtained a First in Scots Law in 1998.
Summary Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown
Summary Sheriff Martin-Brown is the Scottish Sentencing Council's Summary Sheriff member
Jillian Martin-Brown was appointed as a summary sheriff in Tayside, Central and Fife in 2016. She has particular responsibility for the Problem Solving Court in Forfar. Prior to her appointment, she was a solicitor in private practice, representing the Scottish Prison Service at fatal accident inquiries throughout Scotland. She later worked as an advocate, developing particular expertise in the fields of personal injury and medical negligence. She was appointed as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government and served as an ad-hoc Advocate Depute for the prosecution service.