Remit and terms of reference
The Sentencing Young People Working Group Committee will support the Scottish Sentencing Council in its preparation of a sentencing guideline on the sentencing of young people.
The Committee will oversee all aspects of the development of the guideline until submission to the High Court and will give consideration thereafter to ongoing monitoring of the guideline. The Council will specify the expected lifetime of the committee. This may be reviewed and, if appropriate, amended by the Council during the committee’s lifetime. The Committee’s work will include, in particular:
- making recommendations to the Council as to its scope, content and approach;
- identifying knowledge and information gaps relevant to the guideline’s development, submitting any proposals for research to the Research Committee;
- reviewing draft guidelines prepared by the Secretariat, providing advice and direction as required while having 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; and
- overseeing the judicial and public consultation process, including the preparation of consultation documents and impact assessments.
The Committee will report regularly to the Council on the progress of guideline development, making recommendations and, where appropriate, referring significant or potentially controversial decisions to the Council.
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.
Krista is the Scottish Sentencing Council's solicitor member
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.
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.
John Scott QC
John held office from October 2015 until October 2018. He sits on the Sentencing Young People Committee as an advisor by invitation of the Council.
John has been a solicitor since 1987, a solicitor advocate since 2001 and a QC since 2011. He has wide experience of courts at all levels and has practised exclusively in criminal law since 1990. He was the Convenor of the Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland from 2006 to 2018; a member for the reference group for Lord Carloway's Review into Criminal Law and Practice following the Cadder case in 2010/2011; and was Chair of the Independent Advisory Group on Stop and Search (report published 3 September 2015). He was also Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Centre from 1997 to 2005 and Chair of Justice Scotland from 2014 to 2015. He is currently president of the Society of Solicitor Advocates. He has particular interest in appeals against conviction and sentence.
John was appointed as a legal member of the Scottish Sentencing Council in October 2015 and held office until October 2018. He sits on the Sentencing Young People Committee as an advisor by invitation of the Council.