Two new shrieval appointments made in Grampian, Highland and Islands

Chris Dickson and Olga Pasportnikov have been appointed as sheriffs of Grampian, Highland and Islands, the Scottish Ministers have announced.

Mr Dickson has been appointed to a resident post at Inverness, and Mrs Pasportnikov has been appointed to a resident post at Elgin.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Chris Dickson was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 and is a dual qualified solicitor advocate (civil 2008; criminal 2011).

Between 2009 and 2015 he was a partner and head of the Advocacy Unit at Anderson Strathern LLP.

Olga Pasportnikov is a graduate of the University of Dundee and was admitted as a solicitor in 1991.

After training at Balfour and Manson, she worked mainly in private practice before joining the Law Society of Scotland in 1998.

She has been with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service since 2003 and is the Current Convenor of the Fife Young Carers Management Committee.

Her Majesty the Queen appointed Mr Dickson and Mrs Pasportnikov on the recommendation of the First Minister, who nominated them on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. 

Read the full Scottish Government news release here.

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