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mediate on cases involving under-represented groups, minors,
allegations of sexual misconduct and/or abuse of power.
6. The Chief Executive of the Party create and appropriately staff
a central mechanism through which complaints should be
reported, along with a central log of all complaints and the
actions or resolutions related to them, and that access to such
a log be strictly controlled in line with relevant data protection
7. A strict timeline be enforced, normally lasting no longer
than three months from the date of the complaint to its final
resolution, with a mechanism for extensions in exceptional
circumstances, and an expedited timeline for those cases
involving clear and unmistakeable examples of the Party being
brought into disrepute, such as a criminal conviction.
8. The Complaints Procedures be made publicly available, with
relevant guidance documents provided to affected individuals at
each stage of the complaints process.
9. Provision be made for the majority of the members of any
disciplinary panel to come from the State Party which covers the
person being complained of.
10. A support system be devised to ensure proper support is
provided to both complainants and respondents going through
11. To allow the necessary time for selection of adjudicators and
their approval at conference in Spring 2019, the revisions to the
Party's disciplinary processes included in this motion and the
corresponding constitutional amendments formally come into
force on 1 July 2019, and that procedures for the handling of live
cases be published in final form by 1 June 2019.
Motions F11 and F12 will be debated together but voted on separately. For
timings and deadlines, see note after F12 on page 32.
F12 Constitutional amendment: Reforming our Party's Disciplinary
Mover: Alice Thomas.
Summation: Sheila Ritchie (Federal Vice-President and Convenor of the
Scottish Liberal Democrats).