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Judicial Complaints Reviewer appointed
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice has announced the appointment of the first Judicial Complaints Reviewer, the new post to oversee the investigation of complaints against members of the Scottish judiciary.
Kenny MacAskill confirmed that the role will be filled by Moi Ali, an author and communications consultant. Ms Ali has spent seven years on the Nursing and Midwifery Council, latterly as Vice President, has served two terms on the board of Postwatch, and is currently a member of the Lord Chancellor's review bodies which investigate complaints about judges and magistrates in England & Wales and a member of the management board of Education Scotland.
A governor at Edinburgh Napier University, Ms Ali is a public appointments ambassador for the Cabinet Office, which involves encouraging a more diverse range of applicants for public appointments.
The Judicial Complaints Reviewer will review, when asked, the handling of a complaints investigation into a member of the judiciary, to ensure that it has been dealt with in accordance with the Complaints about the Judiciary (Scotland) Rules 2011. The Reviewer has no powers to consider the merits of any complaint or the disposal of the complaint.
Made with the approval of the Lord President, the appointment is for a period of three years from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2014, and attracts a daily fee of £209.