The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 established a framework to ensure that the highest standards of behaviour were maintained by local authority councillors and members (such as Board members) of certain public bodies.
- It introduced Codes of Conduct which councillors and members must comply with at all times in their duties.
- It established the Standards Commission for Scotland (the Standards Commission) to hold hearings into alleged breaches of the Codes.
- It also established the office of the Chief Investigating Officer, whose role has now been taken over by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland, (the CESPLS) to receive and investigate complaints about non-compliance.
Further information on the Ethical Standards in Public Life framework is available from the Scottish Government Local Government.