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Appointment of part-time sheriffs

02/05/2003

The appointment of 32 new part-time sheriffs to serve the Scottish Courts was announced today.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland were asked to consider applications from individuals seeking appointment to a part-time shrieval post and in March this year submitted its recommendations to the First Minister. Mr McConnell accepted the recommendations and thirty-two individuals have now been appointed who will begin work in the courts during the coming weeks.

Two of those appointed have served as permanent Sheriffs. Sheriff J Stuart Forbes retired from office in December last year having been Sheriff at Dunfermline since 1976. He will take up his new appointment immediately. Sheriff C Scott Mackenzie, currently Sheriff of Kirkwall and Lerwick has indicated his intention to retire in September and he will take up office as a part-time sheriff shortly afterwards.

The office of part-time sheriff was created under the terms of the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Act 2000. Individuals appointed to this office are used in the sheriff courts to provide cover for permanent sheriffs who may be absent on leave or on judicial training and to assist in the throughput of business coming before the courts. The statute limits the number of part-time sheriffs to 60 and these new appointments take the total to 58.

This is the first time the Judicial Appointments Board has been involved in making recommendations for the appointment of part-time sheriffs. Vacancies were advertised and almost two hundred applications were received.

After an initial sift of applications, the Board interviewed a shortlist of candidates before making its recommendations to the First Minister.

The list of successful candidates contains 2 former permanent sheriffs, 8 individuals with previous experience as temporary sheriffs and 22 who have no previous experience on the Bench. Some of those with previous experience will start work in the month of May whilst others will undertake some induction training before they appear in courts.

Background information on the new appointees:

Michael P Anderson (52) was admitted as a solicitor in 1975 and as solicitor advocate in 1991. He is a senior litigation partner with Simpson & Marwick in Edinburgh,

Ruth A Anderson QC (55) was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1991 and was appointed as a QC in 1999.

Paul A Arthurson (38) was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1991 . He served as a temporary sheriff from 1989 to 1999.

Gillian F Bryson (41) is a partner with Henderson Boyd Jackson in Glasgow. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1985.

Petra M Collins (42) was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and as an advocate in 1997. She has served as an Advocate Depute.

Carole Cunninghame (43) is a Senior Reporter with the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1983.

Anthony F Deutsch (50) was admitted as a solicitor in 1978. He has been with Macdonalds of Glasgow since then first as an apprentice then as a partner.

Gordon Fleetwood (51) is a partner with Fleetwood & Robb, Inverness. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1975 and as a solicitor advocate in 1984.

Jamie H C Gilmour (59) is a partner with Currie Gilmour & Co Edinburgh. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1972 and served as a temporary sheriff from 1988 to 1999.

Maxwell G Hendry(46) is currently a partner of Barton & Hendry of Cumbernauld. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1981.

Thomas G Hughes (48) was admitted as a solicitor in 1979. He is a partner in the firm of McAuley McCarthy & Co, Neilston. He is the head tutor and course co-ordinator in Civil Procedure and Advocacy at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law.

Raj Jandoo (45) was a temporary sheriff between December 1998 and November 1999. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1991 and is currently a part-time chairman for the Employment Tribunals.

Johanna M Johnston (42) was admitted as a solicitor in 1982 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1992. She currently serves as an Advocate Depute for the Crown Office, Edinburgh and will not take up her appointment as a part-time sheriff until the beginning of 2004 when her current appointment comes to an end.

Martin Jones QC (47) was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1994 and served as Advocate Depute for three years

Douglas A Kinloch ( 46) was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1989. He served as a temporary sheriff from 1989 to 1999 and is currently a part-time immigration adjudicator.

Margaret I Liddell (46) is a partner with Munro Liddell in Motherwell. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1980.

John N McCormick (43) was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and is a partner in the firm of McSparran McCormick in Glasgow. He is also tutor on foundation courses with the Glasgow Graduate School of Law.

Robert A McCreadie (54) is Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1992.

A Grant McCulloch (51) was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and as solicitor advocate in 1992. He is a past President of the Law Society of Scotland and is currently Managing Partner with Drummond Miller, Edinburgh.

Elizabeth T McFarlane (42) was admitted as a solicitor in 1985. She is currently a partner with Anne Hall Dick & Co, Glasgow.

D Ian K MacLeod (66) was admitted as a solicitor in 1960. He was Procurator Fiscal to the Court of the Lord Lyon from 2000 until 2002.

Frank Pieri (48) has been an immigration adjudicator since 2000. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1994.

Nigel A Ross (40) was admitted as a solicitor in 1988 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1991. He is currently Standing Junior to Department of Trade and Industry.

Edward G Savage (52) was admitted as a solicitor in 1975 and is currently a consultant with Paterson Holms Glasgow. Mr Savage was a temporary sheriff between 1977 and 1999.

Margaret E Scott QC (43) was admitted as a solicitor in 1989, to the Faculty of Advocates in 1991 and appointed QC in 2002

Vincent Smith (49) was admitted as a solicitor in 1980 and is currently a partner with Lavery Smith & Co Glasgow. He served as a temporary sheriff between 1999 and 2000.

William J Taylor QC (58) was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1971 and appointed as QC in 1986. He served as a temporary sheriff from 1997 to 2000.

Alastair G D Thornton (46) was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and is a former Council Member and President of the Law Society of Scotland. He is currently a lecturer and tutor with the WS Society, Signet Library Edinburgh..

Ronald C Watson (51) was admitted as a solicitor in 1974 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987. He served as a temporary sheriff between 1987 and 1999.

James H Williamson (42) was admitted as a solicitor in 1983 and is a partner in the firm of Lawson Coull & Duncan in Dundee. He is also lecturer and course organiser in Criminal Procedure at Dundee University.