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NPS Expert Review Group

NEW PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES (NPS) EXPERT REVIEW GROUP

The previous Minister for Community Safety, Roseanna Cunningham, established an expert legal group to review the powers which are currently available in Scotland to tackle the sale and supply of new psychoactive substances (NPS). This builds on the conclusions of the Scottish Government Enforcement Summit on new drugs in April 2014. The expert group first met on 27 August 2014 and have been asked to leave no stone unturned.  They split into three subgroups to look in more detail at:

  • Planning and Licensing
  • Consumer Protection and Trading Standards, and
  • Criminal Law and Civil Law.

The expert group will meet for the fourth and final time on 27 January 2015 and will report to Ministers shortly after.

 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE NPS EXPERT REVIEW GROUP AND SUBGROUPS

Expert Review Group

Co-Chair Paul Johnston, Director of Safer Communities, Scottish Government Co-Chair Craig French, Solicitor, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government

Jonathan Brodie, QC, Faculty of Advocates

Stephen Brown, Solicitor, Angus Council

Craig McClue, Trading Standards, South Ayrshire Council and Trading Standards Scotland, COSLA

Alison Britton, Law Society of Scotland

Gertie Wallace, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Norman McLeod, Solicitor, Planning, Scottish Government

Stephen Jackson, Solicitor, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government

Lauri Mitchell, Solicitor, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government

Detective Inspector Stevie Russell, Police Scotland, Operations

Douglas Kerr, Legal Trainee, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government

Jennifer Spy, Solicitor, Police Scotland

Julie McCarron, COSLA

Scott Miller, Safer Communities Directorate, Scottish Government

 

Secretariat

Beverley Francis, Drugs Policy Unit, Scottish Government

Vicky MacDougall, Drugs Policy Unit, Scottish Government

 

Subgroup – Criminal and Civil Law

Gertie Wallace, Chair, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Jennifer Spy, Solicitor, Police Scotland

Detective Inspector Stevie Russell, Police Scotland

Lauri Mitchell, Solicitor, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government

Vicky MacDougall, Drugs Policy Unit, Scottish Government

 

Subgroup – Planning and Licensing

Stephen Jackson, Chair, Solicitor, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government

Detective Inspector Michael Miller, National Drugs Co-Ordinator, Police Scotland

Douglas Kerr, Legal Trainee, Criminal Justice, Scottish Government

Vicky MacDougall, Drugs Policy Unit, Scottish Government

Scott Miller, Safer Communities Directorate, Scottish Government

 

Subgroup – Consumer Protection and Trading Standards

Craig McClue, Chair , COSLA/ Trading Standards Scotland

Gertie Wallace, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Alison Britton, Law Society for Scotland

Detective Sergeant, Graeme Paterson, Police Scotland

Vicky MacDougall, Drugs Policy Unit, Scottish Government

Tony McAuley, Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland

Scott Miller, Safer Communities Directorate, Scottish Government