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.
The Rt Hon Lord Turnbull
Lord Turnbull is the Council's senator (High Court) member.
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 was appointed Queen's Counsel 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 Norman McFadyen
Sheriff McFadyen is the Council's sheriff member.
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.
Professor Neil Hutton
Professor Hutton is a lay member of the Council.
Professor 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.