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 Ian Abercrombie
Sheriff Principal Abercrombie is the Council's sheriff principal member.
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.
David is the Council's prosecutor member.
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 Procurator Fiscal North of Scotland in July 2011. He took up post as Procurator Fiscal for the West of Scotland in April 2014. He was promoted to Crown Agent in April 2016.
Sue is the Council's victims expert.
Sue Moody has worked with and for survivors of crime for more than 30 years. She 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.