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PE01491: Secret society membership declaration by decision makers.

Petitioner: Tom Minogue


Date Lodged: 29 October 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend the law or codes of practice to make it compulsory for decision makers such as sheriffs, judges, and juries at their courts, arbiters, and all panel members of tribunals that are convened and held in Scotland and  governed by devolved legislation, custom and practice, to declare if they have ever been members of organisations, such as the Masons, that demand fraternal preference to their brethren over non-brethren, or organisations which have constitutions or aims that are biased against any particular sect, religion or race.

That a register of such membership is held by the various bodies that supervise such judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals and that access to these registers is given on demand to the defendant, litigant, or plaintiff wishing to exercise their rights to a fair hearing in accordance with Article 6 of the ECHR.

Petition History:


12 November 2013: The Committee took evidence from Tom Minogue, and Peter Stewart-Blacker, Convener, Accountability Scotland. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Lord President, the Sheriffs' Association, the Scottish Justices Association, the Lord Advocate, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Police Scotland. Link to Official Report 12 November 2013 (538KB pdf)

28 January 2014: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that, in considering the evidence received, it was not persuaded that further action is necessary in relation to the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 28 January 2014 (550KB pdf)

Written Submissions:

If anyone has experienced what they believe to be Masonic or similar fraternal bias acting against the public interest in courts or tribunals which may have been avoided if the terms of this petition become law could they please briefly describe them?

Couldn't agree more! The men with such power should disclose any information that's deemed in the publics interest.

Stuart Kennedy

20:30 on 29 Oct 2013

Common Sense must prevail

Ryan Muldowney

20:28 on 29 Oct 2013

This make the men in power sweat a little, wonder what the percentage is? No more discrimination!

Geordie Reid

13:00 on 29 Oct 2013

When someone has the power to take away someone liberty for a possible lifetime then we should be completely confident that everything is 100% above board. Nobody should be hiding anything. Ever.

John Macfarlane

11:49 on 29 Oct 2013

Transparency please

John Fitzpatrick

11:30 on 29 Oct 2013

All public figures should be seen to have no bias towards any particular grouping.

Alfred Nobile

9:44 on 29 Oct 2013

Clear and transparent

alex laird

8:39 on 29 Oct 2013

its about time something like this has come up,

davie Hutchison

0:06 on 29 Oct 2013

I don't know if members of any secret society are any worse than any other members of public office. However, in the interests of transparency, and to allow the population to have faith in these people, this is a good idea.

Gavin Alexander

22:48 on 28 Oct 2013

Secret organisations have no place in the official mechanisms of a democracy.

Robbie Pennington

22:18 on 28 Oct 2013

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