The Council is made up of 12 members. The categories of membership are provided for in law as follows:
- The Lord Justice Clerk (Chair)
- One first instance High Court judge
- One sheriff
- Two persons holding the office of summary sheriff or justice of the peace
- One further eligible judicial member or a sheriff principal
- One prosecutor
- One advocate
- One solicitor
- One constable
- One person with knowledge of victims' issues
- One other person who is not qualified as a judicial or legal member.
The Right Hon. Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk
The Chair of the Scottish Sentencing Council is the Lord Justice Clerk, by virtue of the office.
The Right Hon. Lady Dorrian was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2005, having served as a temporary judge since 2002. She was appointed to the Inner House in November 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 before becoming Standing Junior Counsel to the Health and Safety Executive and Commission between 1987 and 1994. She served as Advocate Depute between 1988 and 1991, and as Standing Junior to the Department of Energy between 1991 and 1994. In 1994, she was also appointed Queen's Counsel. Between 1997 and 2001 she was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Lady Dorrian was installed as the Lord Justice Clerk on 26 April 2016 and by virtue of the office became Chair of the Council on this date. The Lord Justice Clerk also holds the office of President of the Second Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session.
The Right Hon. Lord Matthews
Lord Matthews will hold office until November 2025.
The Right Hon. Lord Matthews was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2007, having served as a temporary judge since February 2004. He graduated from the University of Glasgow LL.B (Hons), and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in July 1979. He was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 1992 and practised at the Bar until his appointment as a sheriff in January 1997. He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Employment in Scotland from June 1984 until March 1988, and served as an advocate depute from April 1988 until January 1993.
The Hon. Lord Colbeck
Lord Colbeck will hold office until July 2025.
A graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Lord Colbeck 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. Lord Colbeck was appointed as a judge in the Supreme Courts in May 2023.
Sheriff Iain Fleming
Sheriff Fleming will hold office until March 2026.
Sheriff Iain Fleming was appointed as a part time sheriff in 2005 and as a full time sheriff in 2014, following a career as a solicitor and solicitor advocate. He served in the Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde at Greenock Sheriff Court until 2017, and since then has sat in Glasgow Sheriff Court, conducting courts at summary and solemn level. As part of his duties in Glasgow he has presided at the problem-solving Alcohol Court since February 2018. He has also been a shrieval member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland since 2011.
Summary Sheriff Amel Elfallah
Summary Sheriff Elfallah will hold office until July 2027.
Summary Sheriff Amel Elfallah has been a summary sheriff in Glasgow since October 2021, presiding over a variety of courts. She originally trained and qualified as a solicitor in personal injury litigation, before joining the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 2003. She became a senior procurator fiscal depute in 2008 and held that role in various departments within COPFS, undertaking summary, solemn and appellate criminal work. She also specialised in equalities and training work, and has been a National Institute for Trial Advocacy-accredited advocacy trainer since 2008.
Susan Fallone JP
Susan will hold office until December 2023.
Susan Fallone has been a JP in Edinburgh since 2013. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2006, and called to the Bar in 2021. She was appointed as a safeguarder in 2013, and acts as a curator ad litem and reporting officer in Edinburgh. She has an extensive range of experience within the legal system, having worked within the areas of criminal defence, family, and housing law; for law centres; for local authorities; as a supervision solicitor at the University of Strathclyde Law School; 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.
Lindsey will hold office until October 2026.
Lindsey Miller is a graduate of the University of Aberdeenand joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 1994. She has held a number of operational and policy roles including responsibility for matters such as victims, vulnerable witnesses and sexual offences, as well as serious and organised crime and counter-terrorism. She was appointed as secretary to Sir Anthony Campbell's Inquiry into Crown Decision-Making in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar, and was tasked by the Lord Advocate with preparing recommendations about the investigation of all sudden and unexplained deaths in Scotland and military deaths abroad, which led to the establishment of the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU). For a number of years she had strategic responsibility in Scotland for the Disrupt Strand of the Serious and Organised Crime Taskforce and has a particular interest in community experiences, specifically those of children and young people, of organised crime.
Joanne will hold office until May 2028.
Joanne heads up her own firm in Glasgow. She appears in courts across Scotland on a daily basis and has a particular interest in sentencing and the parole process. Joanne graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2008. In 2010, she commenced her traineeship at Turnbull McCarron solicitors where she remained for 10 years. She set up her own firm in July 2020, dealing in both criminal and civil law. Joanne is also a member of the executive committee of the Glasgow Bar Association.
DCC Malcolm Graham
DCC Graham will hold office until March 2028.
DCC Graham joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1995. He headed up the force’s Criminal Investigation Department and was ACC for Major Crime and Public Protection at the inception of Police Scotland. The introduction of Scotland’s single force saw him lead the development of Police Scotland’s 10 year strategy, including directing unprecedented nationwide public consultation. In 2020, he was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable, and he presently has executive responsibility for local policing within Police Scotland.
Victims expert member
Lynn will hold office until July 2028.
Lynn has personally been impacted by violent crime and has a long standing interest in victims’ issues. She has been involved with a number of victims’ groups and organisations following the murder of her son, Sam, in 2013. She currently sits as the victim representative on the Scottish Government’s Victims Taskforce and has done so since 2018. She also sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Lynn volunteers with Young Enterprise Scotland, working with young people about to embark on further education. She has also been involved with several projects through the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and various local community groups. She is a trustee of Break the Silence, an Ayrshire-based charity which supports survivors of rape and childhood sexual trauma. In her professional life, she is an independent financial advisor and runs her own company, with over 40 years’ experience.
Dr Hannah Graham
Dr Hannah Graham will hold office until December 2024.
Dr Hannah Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) at the University of Stirling. Dr Graham has previously worked as a criminologist at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Throughout her career as a criminologist, she has conducted research and worked with a range of people and agencies, including police, procurators fiscal, judiciary, lawyers, court staff, prison staff, justice social work and community justice, charities, people with lived experience of the criminal justice system, and justice policymakers. Dr Graham is the author or editor of four books, published internationally, on rehabilitation, criminal justice work, and innovative approaches to justice. She is an Editor of the European Journal of Probation, and a member of the Community Sanctions and Measures Working Group in the European Society of Criminology. Dr Graham is a member of the national Council for the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO). In 2017-2018, Dr Graham was part of a team of researchers to conduct an independent review of the Aberdeen Problem Solving Approach, in collaboration with Aberdeen Sheriff Court and community justice partners. This approach specialises in working with people with complex needs and prolific offence histories to offer rehabilitative opportunities and address the underlying causes of their offending. In 2007, she conducted an independent evaluation of a mental health court diversion initiative for the Magistrates Court and Forensic Mental Health Services in Tasmania, Australia.