Appointment of a new sheriff
Her Majesty the Queen has appointed Mr Christopher Shead, Advocate, as an all Scotland floating sheriff for the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highlands and Islands based in Aberdeen.
First Minister Alex Salmond nominated Mr Shead for appointment on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board.
Following his appointment on 24 May, Mr Shead will take up the role on 3 September 2012.
Christopher Shead was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1996. Before that he practised as a solicitor, serving as a Procurator Fiscal depute between 1993 and 1995. In his time at the Bar he has practised predominantly in the fields of criminal law and human rights.
The salary of a Sheriff is £128,296 per annum.
The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was established by Ministers in 2002; and it became an independent advisory non-departmental public body on 1 June 2009. The Board has statutory responsibilities under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. The Board’s role is to recommend for appointment to the office of judge, sheriff principal, sheriff and part-time sheriff. The First Minister retains the statutory responsibility for making nominations to Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making his nomination to Her Majesty.