The Scottish Ministerial Code provides a code of conduct and guidance on procedures for Scottish Ministers. The latest edition was published in February 2018.
The June 2008 edition of the Scottish Ministerial Code introduced independent advisers on the application of the Code.
Where they deem it appropriate, the First Minister may refer matters to the independent advisers to provide advice on which to base their judgement about any action required in respect of ministerial conduct. The findings of the independent advisers are published.
The independent advisers are currently:
- Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini QC DBE (since August 2011)
- James Hamilton, former Director of Public Prosecutions at the Irish Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (since January 2013)
Details of independent advisers and their reports since 2008:
|Rt Hon Sir George Reid and Rt Hon Lord Steel of Aikwood KT KBE||June 2008 to August 2011||March 2009, August 2009, January 2010|
|Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini QC DBE||August 2011 to date||June 2012|
|Rt Hon Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC||August 2011 to June 2013||November 2011|
|Sir David Bell KCB||October 2012 to January 2013||January 2013 and related correspondence|
|James Hamilton||January 2013 to date||-|
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