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 is the Council's Justice of the peace 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.
DCC Will Kerr
DCC Will Kerr is the Council's constable member.
Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr joined Police Scotland in September 2018 following which he was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable for Local Policing. DCC Kerr had over 27 years policing service in Northern Ireland before moving to a Director’s role in the NCA in January 2017.
In the PSNI, he held a number of key Command-level posts including, as ACC Belfast, where he was the Gold Commander for all of the key events and parades in the City over a three year period, and was the PSNI’s lead Gold Commander for the overall parading season from 2012 to 2014).
DCC Kerr’s last role in the PSNI was as ACC Crime Operations, where he was in charge of all serious crime and counter-terrorism specialist functions. DCC Kerr has had a varied policing career in Northern Ireland, having been a DCU (Divisional) Commander, a Senior Investigating Officer who led on a number of high profile murder and terrorism investigations, and has significant public order experience at Bronze (Unit Commander), Silver and Gold tiers.
In the National Crime Agency, DCC Kerr was the national lead for leading and co-ordinating the UK’s response, both domestically and internationally, to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (with responsibility for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and Organised Immigration Crime.
DCC Kerr was awarded the OBE, for services to policing and the community, in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.