2. Lord Advocate's Advisory Group
This consists of a number of ex officio members, invited members and two lay members recruited by public advertisement.
Its primary function is to provide advice on the work programme of the Inspectorate and to keep under review the working relationship between the Inspectorate and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
The Group meets every four months and currently consists of:
Colin Troup, Legal Secretary to the Lord Advocate (Chairman)
Joe O'Donnell, HM Chief Inspector
Catherine Dyer, Crown Agent and Chief Executive, COPFS
Catriona Dalrymple, Head of Policy, COPFS
Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, England and Wales
Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions, Republic of Ireland
Marsha Scott, Principal Officer for Health, Policy and Planning, West Lothian Council
Tim Huntingford and Rosemary Llewellyn (lay members)
The Inspectorate is well served by the Group, having the heads of two external prosecution systems provides a useful external perspective for the Inspectorate, its work and its manner of operation helping it to achieve a balanced view against real world issues.
The Inspectorate's approach is risk based in the selection of topics for inspection and having two external lay members (with considerable experience in the field of criminal law and inspection) also greatly assists in input into the choice of topics.