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|Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal|
|Established||1 September 1980|
|Location||Sheriff Court House, 27 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LB|
|Composition method||Appointed by Lord President of the Court of Session|
|Authorized by||Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 (as amended)|
|Appeals to||Court of Session|
|Since||9 May 2011|
Complaints regarding solicitors in Scotland are initially made to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission. The Commission then sifts those complaints and determines if they are service-related (in which case the SLCC has jurisdiction) or conduct-related. If complaints are related to the conduct of a solicitor the complaints are referred to the Law Society of Scotland, whose Council can determine if the complaint relates to unsatisfactory conduct (which the Law Society deals with internally) or professional misconduct which is then prosecuted before the Tribunal.
Should the Tribunal determine that a case relates to unsatisfactory conduct then the case is referred to the Law Society.
A Section 53(1)(b) complaint is a complaint that a solicitor has been convicted by a court in an act involving dishonesty, fined in amount equivalent to level 4 on the standard scale, or sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 12 months or more.
The Tribunal deals with the following appeals:
In relation to Section 42ZA Appeal, the Tribunal can:
In relation to professional misconduct complaints, the Tribunal can:
The Tribunal operates under a set of rules which must be approved by the Lord President of the Court of Session. As of May 2018, the Tribunal operated under the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal Rules 2008, which came into effect on 1 October 2008.
This section needs to be updated.(May 2018)
The Tribunal consists of two solicitors (who cannot be members of the governing body of the Law Society of Scotland, the Council of the Law Society of Scotland) and two lay members who are drawn from all walks of life. All members are appointed by the Lord President of the Court of Session.
The present Solicitor members of the Tribunal are:
The present lay members of the Tribunal are: