Former Tayside Police deputy chief constable appointed as judicial complaints reviewer

Written by Jenni Davidson on 14 August 2017 in News

Ian Gordon will be the third judicial complaints reviewer since the role was created in 2011

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A former deputy chief constable of Tayside Police has been appointed as Scotland’s third judicial complaints reviewer.

Retired Tayside DCC Ian Gordon is currently an acting commissioner with the Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman Office. 

During his career Gordon conducted criminal, conduct and complaints investigations in the UK and undertaken enquires abroad on behalf of the Foreign Office. 


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He was seconded to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and was the lead police officer on the annual statutory inspection of five UK police forces.

Gordon was also a member of the UK Police Professional Standards Group.

Between 2010 and 2017 he was also a convener for the Standards Commission, where he contributed to improving awareness of the codes of conduct for elected members and boards of public bodies.

The judicial complaints reviewer is a free service for anyone who is unhappy about the way their complaint about a member of the judiciary has been handled.

When asked to do so, the reviewer will check that investigations into judges have been dealt with according to the Complaints About the Judiciary (Scotland) Rules 2016 – although the reviewer has no power to comment on the merit of the complaint itself.

This role was established by the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act in 2008 and the first reviewer, Moi Ali, took up post in 2011.

The current judicial complaints reviewer is Gillian Thompson, whose term of office ends on 31 August 2017.

Ian Gordon’s appointment is for three years from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2020 and will be paid a daily fee of £217 for up to three days a month.

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