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; and
- 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.
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.
Susan Fallone JP
Susan is a judicial member.
Susan Fallone has been a JP in Edinburgh since 2013. She is legally qualified and presently works as a civil litigation solicitor. In addition, she is a supervisor in the Law Clinic at the University of Strathclyde, where she provides supervision and teaching for law students to give advice and representation to members of the public who cannot access legal services; and supervises the Criminal Convictions Unit, which provides assistance to those who claim to have been wrongly convicted. She has been a member of the Safeguarders Panel since 2013, and acts as a curator ad litem and reporting officer in Edinburgh.
Susan has an extensive range of experience within the legal system, having previously worked within the areas of criminal defence, family, and housing law; for law centres; for local authorities; 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.