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Investigating complaints

We investigate complaints about the behaviour of MSPs, local authority councillors, and board members of public bodies and about lobbyists.

Make a complaintHow we investigate

Regulating public appointments

We regulate and monitor how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland, and promote diversity.

Public appointmentsGood practice case studies

About the Ethical Standards Commissioner

The Commissioner and their team work within their remit to encourage fairness, good conduct and transparency in public life in Scotland.

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What's new


Public appointments


Change to procedures in respect of non-breach reports

Notification of a mandatory process change to non-breach reports which relates to complaints under the Councillors' Code of Conduct which are received by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

New to running an appointment round?

Have a look at our page with lots of helpful information and tips.

Updated HR Policies

We have recently updated our suite of HR policies. These cover a range of topics such as conduct, remote working and equality, diversity and inclusion Policy and are available in the publications section.





Diversity in public appointments

Do you understand the difference that diversity makes in public appointments? Our page on promoting diversity might help.




Revising our Strategic Plan

We work to a strategic plan which sets out our key objectives over a four year period. We are currently reviewing and revising this plan and would welcome your opinion. The draft is available now. Please have a read through and let us have any comments by 30 July 2021. We are happy to extend this deadline if it presents any difficulty.