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New Judicial Complaints Reviewer appointed
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has announced the appointment of the second Judicial Complaints Reviewer.
Gillian Thompson OBE is a retired civil servant. She is currently a non-executive director of a not for profit limited company, a trustee of the Stepchange Debt Charity and an ambassador for Tomorrow’s People. She is an experienced chief executive and acts as an independent assessor on an ad hoc basis.
Gillian’s civil service career spans almost four decades. She was the Accountant in Bankruptcy (a court-appointed officer) and Agency Chief Executive between 2002 and 2009, during which time she supervised the regulation of the bankruptcy process including the performance of trustees and commissioners in the exercise of their statutory duties.
Gillian retired in September 2009. She is familiar with the civil legal system in Scotland and has a deep understanding and considerable experience in complaints handling both as a frontline officer and as a final reviewer.
Gillian was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the Scottish Executive.
This appointment was established by the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 to review, when asked, the handling of a complaints investigation into members of the judiciary, to ensure that it has been dealt with in accordance with The Complaints About the Judiciary (Scotland) Rules 2013. The Reviewer has no powers to consider the merits of any complaint or the disposal of the complaint.
The appointment will be for a period of three years from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2017, and will be paid a daily fee of £213. The appointment has been made with the approval of the Lord President.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.