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.
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.