The Council is made up of 12 members. The categories of membership are provided for in law as follows:
- the Lord Justice Clerk (Chair)
- one first instance High Court judge
- one sheriff
- two persons holding the office of summary sheriff or justice of the peace
- one further eligible judicial member or a sheriff principal
- one prosecutor
- one advocate
- one solicitor
- one constable
- one person with knowledge of victims' issues
- one other person who is not qualified as a judicial or legal member.
The Rt. Hon. Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk
The Chair of the Scottish Sentencing Council is the Lord Justice Clerk, by virtue of the office.
The Rt. Hon. Lady Dorrian was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2005, having served as a temporary judge since 2002. She was appointed to the Inner House in November 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 before becoming Standing Junior Counsel to the Health and Safety Executive and Commission between 1987 and 1994. She served as Advocate Depute between 1988 and 1991, and as Standing Junior to the Department of Energy between 1991 and 1994. In 1994, she was also appointed Queen's Counsel. Between 1997 and 2001 she was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Lady Dorrian was installed as the Lord Justice Clerk on 26 April 2016 and by virtue of the office became Chair of the Council on this date. The Lord Justice Clerk also holds the office of President of the Second Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Turnbull
Lord Turnbull will hold office until 18 October 2020.
Lord Turnbull is a High Court judge. He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2006 and was appointed to the Inner House of the Court of Session on 1 September, 2016. Prior to his appointment to the Inner House, he was the Lead Preliminary Hearings Judge and Administrative Judge for First Instance Criminal Cases in the High Court.
He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1982 and took silk in 1996. He was mainly instructed as defence counsel in criminal cases until serving as an Advocate Depute from 1995 and as Principal Advocate Depute from 2001. He was one of two senior crown counsel in the Lockerbie bombing trial.
Lord Turnbull was a judicial member of the Parole Board for Scotland from 2011-2015.
Sheriff Principal Ian R. Abercrombie QC
Sheriff Principal member
Sheriff Principal Abercrombie will hold office until 18 October 2020.
Sheriff Principal Abercrombie graduated with an LLB Hons from Edinburgh University in 1978 and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981. He was a Curator of the Faculty Library (1981-1983), on the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland's Disciplinary Committee (1996-2009) and a member of the Scottish Law Commission Advisory Group (2000-2003). He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1993 and sheriff in 2009, before taking up his appointment as Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway in 2015. He is currently a judicial member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.
Sheriff Norman McFadyen
Sheriff McFadyen will hold office until 18 October 2020.
Sheriff Norman McFadyen was appointed as a Sheriff in South Strathclyde, Dumfries, and Galloway, Scotland in 2010 and transferred to Lothian and Borders at Edinburgh in 2015. He has extensive experience of criminal trials and sentencing. He studied law at the University of Glasgow and joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as an apprentice solicitor in 1976, qualifying in 1978 and then undertaking a number of prosecution roles, rising to be Crown Agent and Chief Executive, the permanent head of the prosecution service in Scotland, in 2004.
Sheriff McFadyen is a board member of the International Society for Reform of Criminal Law and was a member of the reference group for the Criminal Justice System Objectives Review and the policy groups for the Civil Courts Review, chaired by the Rt Hon Lord Gill and, more recently, the Post-Corroboration Safeguards Review, chaired by the Rt Hon Lord Bonomy. He has lectured to a wide variety of audiences on criminal justice themes, including sentencing, nationally and internationally.
Summary Sheriff position vacant
Summary Sheriff member
Susan Fallone JP
Justice of the peace member
Susan will hold office until December 2023.
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.
David Harvie, Crown Agent for Scotland
David will hold office until 30 August 2021.
David is a Solicitor Advocate and joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, following a spell in private practice, in 1996. He worked as a Procurator Fiscal Depute in Paisley until 1999, when he was seconded to the Lockerbie criminal trial team until after the trial, when he was promoted to Principal Depute, Aberdeen.
He was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2001 and 2004, when he returned to Crown Office as Deputy, then Head of the National Casework Division with responsibility for Organised Crime, Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime cases throughout Scotland.
In 2008, David was promoted to District Procurator Fiscal, Edinburgh and East Lothian. In August 2010 he was appointed as Area Procurator Fiscal for Central. In May 2011, he was appointed Interim Head of East Federation. He was promoted to Director of Serious Casework and PF North of Scotland in July 2011. He took up post as PF for the West of Scotland in April 2014. He was promoted to Crown Agent in April 2016.
Advocate member position vacant
Krista will hold office until December 2023
Krista Johnston is a graduate of law from Edinburgh University. She joined More and Co, Dunfermline, in 1992, specialising in criminal defence work. Along with others she founded the firm of Martin, Johnston and Socha in 1998. Her firm continues to concentrate exclusively on criminal defence work and has expanded to include offices in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Alloa.
In 2007 Krista became a solicitor advocate in the field of crime and has since enjoyed instruction from a number of solicitor firms across Scotland. She appears regularly in the High Court conducting criminal trials, and also appears in the appellate courts.
Krista is a member of the Society of Solicitor Advocates and Fortis Chambers.
DCC Will Kerr
DCC Will Kerr will hold office until December 2024
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.
Sue will hold office until 18 October 2020.
Sue Moody was the first Director of Victim Support Scotland and also the first Director of Victim Information and Advice (part of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service). As senior lecturer in the Law Faculty at Dundee University she undertook research on crime victims. Her most recent post before retirement in March 2015 was with the Survivor Scotland team at the Scottish Government, supporting survivors of abuse in care as children.
Sue is currently a board member of the Howard League Scotland. She also chairs a new charitable trust, McManus 168, promoting the work of the McManus Art Gallery and Museum in Dundee.
Dr Hannah Graham
Dr Hannah Graham will hold office until December 2024
Dr Hannah Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) at the University of Stirling. Dr Graham has previously worked as a criminologist at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Throughout her career as a criminologist, she has conducted research and worked with a range of people and agencies, including police, procurators fiscal, judiciary, lawyers, court staff, prison staff, justice social work and community justice, charities, people with lived experience of the criminal justice system, and justice policymakers.
Dr Graham is the author or editor of four books, published internationally, on rehabilitation, criminal justice work, and innovative approaches to justice. She is an Editor of the European Journal of Probation, and a member of the Community Sanctions and Measures Working Group in the European Society of Criminology.
Dr Graham is a member of the national Council for the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO).
In 2017-2018, Dr Graham was part of a team of researchers to conduct an independent review of the Aberdeen Problem Solving Approach, in collaboration with Aberdeen Sheriff Court and community justice partners. This approach specialises in working with people with complex needs and prolific offence histories to offer rehabilitative opportunities and address the underlying causes of their offending. In 2007, she conducted an independent evaluation of a mental health court diversion initiative for the Magistrates Court and Forensic Mental Health Services in Tasmania, Australia.