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Five legal members appointed to Parole Board

5 August 2014

Three solicitors and two advocates have been appointed as legal members of the Parole Board for Scotland.

The Board's remit is to protect the public by risk assessing prisoners to decide whether they can be safely released into the community on licence.

Ian Bryce, a solicitor in Livingston, appears extensively in the High Court, and was accredited as a “senior” solicitor advocate by the Law Society of Scotland in 2012. He has served on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and on the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Criminal Quality Assurance Committee.

John Hamilton QC has a varied practice but primarily in criminal court advocacy for both defence and the Crown. He was an advocate depute between 2003 and 2006, and director of training and education at the Faculty of Advocates from 2009 to 2012. He sits as a legal convener for the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and as a fee-paid judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber.

Anthony Kelly is a solicitor-advocate (civil and criminal) with Taylor & Kelly, Coatbridge, a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber, and a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde. He has lectured widely on the subject of human rights in Scotland and internationally, and was until recently the chair of JUSTICE, Scotland.

James MacDonald has been substantially involved in court practice for 22 years, the latter nine of which as a member of the Faculty of Advocates, with a significant proportion in the criminal field, both as prosecutor and as defence counsel. He also has considerable experience in dealing with human rights issues.

Kathleen McQuillan was a solicitor specialising in criminal law, before leaving private practice to join the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board as senior board/authority advocate. She was appointed to Parole Board for Scotland as legal member/vice chairman from 2004 to 2011 and is currently a legal convener of Mental Health Tribunal Scotland. In 2012 Kathleen she was awarded an OBE for services to justice.

The appointments are for seven years from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2021, except for Kathleen McQuillan whose appointment will run from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2021.

The appointments are part time and attract a remuneration of £309 per day for a time commitment of eight to 12 days per month.

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