Remit and terms of reference
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.
Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull
Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull is the Council's Sheriff Principal member.
A graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Craig Turnbull was admitted as a solicitor in 1988, working for A.C. White in Ayr and Levy & McRae in Glasgow before joining MacRoberts in 1993.
He became a partner there in 1997, specialising in commercial and construction disputes and health and safety and environmental prosecutions, and served as the managing partner from 2011 to 2014.
Following his appointment as a part-time sheriff in 2011 and then a full-time sheriff in 2014, he was appointed as the Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin in 2016.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Turnbull
Lord Turnbull was the Council's Senator member between 2015-2020. Lord Turnbull sits on the Sentencing Process Committee as an advisor by invitation of the Council.
Sheriff Norman McFadyen
Sheriff McFadyen was the Council's Sheriff member between 2015-2020. Sheriff McFadyen sits on the Sentencing Process Committee as an advisor by invitation of the Council.
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.