The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland
The Public Services Reform (Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland etc.) Order 2013 came into force on 1 July 2013. The Order transferred the functions of the Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland and the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland to a single Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland (the Commissioner).
The Commissioner is an independent office holder who works in two areas:
Public appointments, regulating how people are appointed to the Boards of public bodies in Scotland; and
Public standards, where the Commissioner can investigate a complaint about a councillor or a member of a devolved public body who is alleged to have contravened the councillors' or the appropriate public body's Code of Conduct.
Where the Commissioner identifies that a breach or breaches of a Code or Codes may have occurred, the Commissioner will report on the outcome of these investigations to the Standards Commission for adjudicatory action and application of sanctions, where appropriate.