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New sheriff appointed
Feb 26, 2021
He graduated LL.B. (Honours) from the University of Glasgow in 1989. He was a solicitor until 1997 and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1998. He had a civil practice before entering the Crown Office as an advocate depute in 2009. He was appointed Senior Advocate Depute in 2013. He is a Convener of the Mental Health Tribunal, Legal Chair of the Scottish Social Services Council and a legal member of the Parole Board for Scotland. He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2018.
He was appointed by Her Majesty on the recommendation of the First Minister, who made her recommendation on the basis of a report by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS). The First Minister has statutory responsibility for making recommendations to Her Majesty and is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making her recommendation.
JABS is an independent advisory public body with the role of recommending individuals for appointment to judicial offices within the Board’s remit including judge of the Court of Session, chair of the Scottish Land Court, sheriff principal, sheriff, and summary sheriff.
26 February 2021