6.—(1) Before appointing any person to a panel a local authority shall–

(a)satisfy themselves, either generally, or, having regard to any determination made under regulation 4(4), that the experience and standard of any qualifications possessed by each person whom they propose to appoint are appropriate; and

(b)consult the chairman of the children’s panel, the Sheriff Principal and such other nominating bodies and persons as they consider necessary with respect to the suitability of each of the proposed appointees.

(2) A local authority shall not appoint any person to a panel who is–

(a)a member of that local authority;

(b)a member of a children’s panel appointed by the Scottish Ministers by virtue of paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the 1995 Act(1); or

(c)a member of a Children’s Panel Advisory Committee formed by a local authority by virtue of paragraph 3 of the Schedule 1 to the 1995 Act.


The functions of the Secretary of State were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998.