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New Deputy Director now in post at Judicial Institute


Sep 1, 2022

Sheriff Adrian Cottam takes up post as Deputy Director of the Judicial Institute for Scotland from today (1 September).


Appointed by the Lord President earlier this year, Sheriff Cottam will replace Sheriff Susan Craig in the role, with his appointment running for a period of three years.

Sheriff Cottam said: “I am delighted to take up the role as Deputy Director of the Judicial Institute for Scotland and look forward to working with colleagues on the continuing development of The Institute.

“I would also like to pay tribute to my predecessor Susan Craig for her hard work and contribution to The Institute during her time as Deputy Director and thank her for the advice and guidance she has given to me before I take on the role.”

A graduate of Dundee University, Sheriff Cottam joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 1996, starting out as a Depute in Inverness before working in various roles in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, including a period as District Procurator Fiscal for West Lothian at Livingston.

He was an Advocate Depute, then Senior Advocate Depute over two periods totalling six and a half years.

In 2017, he was appointed as a Summary Sheriff in Lothian & Borders and in October 2021 as a Sheriff in South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, based primarily at Lanark Sheriff Court.