The Sheriffs’ Association represents, safeguards and promotes the interests and welfare of Scottish sheriffs, and considers matters connected with the law and the administration of justice in Scotland. The Association represents sheriffs in dealings with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, the Judicial Office for Scotland, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service and a wide range of other bodies.

Judicial Independence

It makes representations and provides responses on proposed changes to the law and administration of justice, particularly those affecting the judiciary, while continuing to uphold judicial independence.


The Association appoints or nominates members to serve on other bodies, including the Judicial Council for Scotland, and nominates members to attend important national and international conferences and meetings.


The affairs of the Association are managed by a council of 12 members, including three officer bearers, and elections are held annually.

The current officer bearers are:

  • President Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC
  • Vice President Sheriff Wendy Sheehan
  • Honorary Secretary & Treasurer Sheriff Pino Di Emidio.

You can contact the Association by writing to Sheriff Di Emidio, Sheriff Court House, Tay Street, Perth, PH2 8NL.

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Daniel Kelly was elected President of the Association in 2019. He is based at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

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Vice President

Wendy Sheehan was elected Vice President of the Association in 2019. She is based at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

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Pino Di Emidio was elected Secretary / Treasurer of the Association in 2020. He is based in the Tayside, Central & Fife Sheriffdom.

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