New solicitor and judicial members appointed to Scottish Sentencing Council

Picture of Krista Johnston - new solicitor member of Scottish Sentencing Council

Two new members have been appointed to fill vacant positions on the Scottish Sentencing Council.

Susan Fallone JP has been appointed as a judicial member, replacing Gillian Thomson JP. Susan has been a Justice of the Peace in Edinburgh since 2013. She currently works as a civil litigation solicitor, and is a supervisor in the Law Clinic at the University of Strathclyde.

Krista Johnston has been appointed as the new solicitor member of the Council, replacing John Scott QC. Krista founded the firm of Martin, Johnston and Socha in 1998, concentrating exclusively on criminal defence work. She became a solicitor advocate in the field of crime in 2007 and is a member of the Society of Solicitor Advocates and Fortis Chambers.

Chair of the Council, Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, said: “I am delighted to welcome Krista and Susan to the Scottish Sentencing Council. Their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to the Council as we start to deliver the ambitious programme of work set out in our 2018-21 business plan.”

Both judicial and solicitor members are appointed by the Lord Justice General, in consultation with the Scottish Ministers and, in the case of the solicitor member, the Law Society of Scotland.

Krista Johnston and Susan Fallone have both been appointed for a 5 year term and will serve on the Council until December 2023.