Summary Sheriffs

The first appointments to the newly created judicial office of summary sheriff have been announced by the Scottish Government.

The post of summary sheriff, which was established by the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, was created to ensure that cases in Scotland’s courts are heard at the appropriate level in the court structure, enabling sheriffs to focus on solemn business and more complex criminal cases. 

The following have been appointed to the office of summary sheriff and their appointments are effective of 4 April 2016 unless otherwise stated.

Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands, all Aberdeen Sheriff Court:

  • Margaret Hodge
  • Christine McCrossan
  • Morag McLaughlin 

Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway:

  • Sara Matheson (Airdrie Sheriff Court)
  • Mhari Mactaggart (Ayr Sheriff Court). Ms Mactaggart is currently a part-time sheriff.
  • Andrew McIntyre (Hamilton Sheriff Court)
  • Allan Mckay (Hamilton Sheriff Court)  

Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central and Fife:

  • Derek Livingston (Falkirk Sheriff Court). Mr Livingston is currently a part-time sheriff. 

Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin:

  • Brian Cameron. Mr Cameron is currently a part-time sheriff.
  • Robin Christie. Effective from 1 April 2016. Mr Christie is currently a stipendiary magistrate.
  • Allan Findlay. Effective from 1 April 2016. Mr Findlay is currently a stipendiary magistrate.
  • Tony Kelly
  • Frances McCartney. Effective from 3 May 2016.
  • Mary McCrory. Ms McCrory is currently a part-time stipendiary magistrate.

The following have also been appointed to the office of part-time summary sheriff. All are currently part-time stipendiary magistrates and their appointments are effective of 1 April 2016:

  • J Kevin Duffy
  • Colin Dunipace
  • J Euan Edment 
  • Sukhwinder Gill
  • David Griffiths
  • Diana McConnell

Summary sheriffs will sit in the sheriff courts and their criminal jurisdiction is in respect of summary prosecutions. In addition, a summary sheriff will have competence over certain procedural matters in solemn cases prior to the first diet. This would include, for example: the granting of warrants for arrest and production of documents; custody hearings which include bail and bail review hearings.

The 2014 Act also abolishes the office of stipendiary magistrate and from 1 April 2016 the two current serving stipendiary magistrates, Robin Christie and Allan Findlay, will become summary sheriffs.

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