The Committee is to support the Council in its research activity, particularly in the creation and oversight of a research commissioning framework and the tendering of research projects, to enable the Council to meet its objective of undertaking research on sentencing in Scotland. The Committee will deliver the Council’s research programme by:
- managing the research and commissioning framework on behalf of the Scottish Sentencing Council and keeping it under review
- reviewing specifications for commissioned research
- assessing tenders for commissioned research and speculative applications for funding
- overseeing research projects during their lifespan
- providing support to working group committees
- reviewing outputs from research projects
- disseminating research findings
- reporting to the Scottish Sentencing Council with its recommendations and, where applicable, referring significant or potentially controversial decisions to the Council.
Draft minutes will be published on the website in accordance with the Council's Standing Orders.
Professor Neil Hutton
Professor Hutton is a lay member of the Council.
Neil Hutton was educated at the University of Edinburgh (MA 1976, PhD 1983) and has worked at the universities of Edinburgh, Dundee and Victoria University, New Zealand. He was appointed as a lecturer in the Law School at Strathclyde in 1990, became a Professor in 2001, and was Dean of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences from 2005-2009.
He was a member of the team which designed a Sentencing Information System for the High Court between 1993 and 2002 and was a member of the Sentencing Commission for Scotland between 2003 and 2006. He has published widely on sentencing and punishment and has been invited to speak in a number of international jurisdictions including Singapore, China, Australia and the USA.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Turnbull
Lord Turnbull is the senator member of the Council
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.
Stephen O'Rourke QC
Stephen O'Rourke is the advocate member of the Council.
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.
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.
Sheriff Frank Crowe
Sheriff Crowe sits on the Research Committee as an advisor by invitation of the Council.
Sheriff Crowe was educated at Kirkcaldy High and Royal High School, Edinburgh before graduating LLB at the University of Dundee in 1973. After a law apprenticeship at the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board he joined the Procurator Fiscal Service (Now COPFS) and served as a depute fiscal in Dundee and Glasgow and Senior Depute in Edinburgh. After spells in Crown Office he became Procurator Fiscal for Kirkcaldy then Regional Fiscal at Hamilton before being appointed Deputy Crown Agent in 1999. He became a solicitor advocate in 1996.
In 2001 Sheriff Crowe was appointed a sheriff at Dundee before becoming Director of Judicial Studies from 2004 to 2008. Since then he has been a sheriff at Edinburgh. Sheriff Crowe is a contributor to Sentencing Practice and the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. Currently he is operating an Alcohol Problem Court at Edinburgh which monitors and supports the progress of offenders whose chronic alcoholism has brought them into regular contact with the courts with a view to them ceasing or substantially reducing their alcohol intake and offending.
Research Committee meeting 4
Thursday 24 August 2017
The fourth Research Committee meeting took place on 24 August 2017 in the High Court, Glasgow.
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Research Committee meeting 3
Friday 12 May 2017
The third Research Committee meeting took place on 12 May 2017 in Parliament House, Edinburgh.
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Research Committee meeting 2
Wednesday 15 February 2017
The second Research Committee meeting took place on 15 February 2017 in Parliament House, Edinburgh.
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Research Committee meeting 1
Thursday 24 November 2016
The first Research Committee meeting took place on 24 November 2016 in Parliament House, Edinburgh.
Papers and Minutes
Paper RC1.2 - Proceedings
Paper RC2.1 - Research Framework
Paper RC2.3 - Internships