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Criminal Courts Rules Council

The Criminal Courts Rules Council was established under section 304 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.



Current Membership

  • The Lord Justice General
  • The Lord Justice Clerk (Chairman)
  • The Clerk of Justiciary (Gillian Prentice)
  • The Hon. Lord Turnbull
  • Sheriff Frank R Crowe
  • Sheriff William Gilchrist
  • Anthony McGeehan (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service)
  • Murdo MacLeod, Q.C. (Member of the Faculty of Advocates)
  • Branislav Sudjic (Solicitor)
  • Yvonne Taylor (Sheriff Clerk)
  • Keith Stirling (Justice of the Peace)
  • Catriona Dalrymple (Crown Office)
  • Professor James Chalmers (University of Glasgow)
  • Susan Gallagher (Victim Support Scotland)
  • Ian Dickson (Scottish Legal Aid Board)
  • Sheriff Nigel Morrison QC (Appeal Sheriff)
  • The Hon. Lord Matthews
  • Claire Mitchell ( Faculty of Advocates)
  • Peter Lockhart (Solicitor)

Agendas and minutes of meetings

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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 27 February 2017 DRAFT
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Agenda - 27 February 2017
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Agenda - 24 October 2016
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 13 June 2016
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 8 February 2016
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Agenda - 8 February 2016
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 12 October 2015
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 25 May 2015
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 27 April 2015
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 9 February 2015
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 20 October 2014
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 02 June 2014
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 21 October 2013
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 03 June 2013
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 11 February 2013 DRAFT
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 15 October 2012 DRAFT
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 12 July 2010
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 28 May 2012
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 13 February 2012 DRAFT
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 17 October 2011
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 06 June 2011
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 28 February 2011
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 01 November 2010
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 29 June 2010
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 01 March 2010
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 23 February 2009
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 13 October 2008
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 15 October 2007
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 23 April 2007
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Criminal Courts Rules Council - Minutes - 10 July 2006
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Functions

  • To keep under general review the procedures and practices of the courts exercising criminal jurisdiction in Scotland;
  • To consider and comment on any draft Act of Adjournal submitted to it by the High Court.

Membership criteria

The criteria for membership of the Council are set out in sections 304(2) and (3) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. The Lord Justice General, the Lord Justice Clerk and the Clerk of Justiciary hold office ex officio. The other members of the Council are appointed by the Lord Justice General under section 304(2)(b) to (f). A further member is appointed by the Scottish Ministers under section 304(2)(f). Members, other than ex officio members, hold office for three years and are eligible for reappointment provided that they retain the qualifications for membership.

Secretariat

  • Roddy Flinn, Legal Secretary to the Lord President
  • Edward McHugh, Deputy Legal Secretary to the Lord President

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Contact Information

Any suggestions for changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules should be directed to:

The Lord President’s Private Office,
Parliament House,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1RQ

Meetings

Scheduled to take place on the following dates during each year:

  • The second Monday in February
  • The first Monday in June, and
  • The third Monday in October

Meetings are scheduled to take place on

27 February 2017
19 June 2017

Freedom of Information

The Council became subject to the provisions of The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 on 28 May 2013.

A Publication Scheme and Guide to Information explaining how the Council handles information and how to make a request under the Act is available here.

Standing Orders

October 2016