Five new sheriffs appointed

Five new sheriffs have been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to take up office in the New Year.

Frances McCartney, Andrew McIntyre, Gary George Aitken, Ian Hay Cruickshank and Christine McCrossan have been appointed to the office of sheriff, on the recommendation of the First Minister.

Frances McCartney and Andrew McIntyre have been appointed to the Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde, to be based at Paisley Sheriff Court and Greenock Sheriff Court respectively.

Christine McCrossan has been appointed to the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands, to be based at Peterhead Sheriff Court and Gary George Aitken has been appointed to the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands as a floating sheriff, to be based at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Ian Hay Cruickshank has also been appointed to the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands on a part-time basis and will be based at Lerwick Sheriff Court.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made her recommendations for appointment on the basis of a report by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

The appointments will come into effect on 15 January 2018.

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Frances McCartney is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and has a LLM in Human Rights, jointly from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. Prior to her traineeship Ms McCartney undertook an internship in South Africa in a community law centre. Following a traineeship with Walker Laird Solicitors she was retained as assistant. In 1999 Ms McCartney was Assistant and thereafter Partner with McFadyen & Semple before becoming Chief Solicitor with Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority.  Between 2006 and May 2016, Ms McCartney was a partner in private practice, latterly with Campbell & McCartney solicitors.  She latterly sat as a member of the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland and a Judge for the First Tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber. Ms McCartney is currently a Summary Sheriff in Glasgow Sheriff Court as well as a Judge for the First Tier Tribunal, Social Security Entitlement.

Andrew McIntyre is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He undertook his training as a solicitor with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and was granted the Right of Audience in the High Court of Justiciary in 2014. As a prosecutor, Mr McIntyre undertook a number of roles across Scotland as well as being seconded to the Commission for Racial Equality (as it then was) and Lord Carloway’s review of aspects criminal procedure in Scotland. He served as a Procurator Fiscal for over 16 years until his appointment as a summary sheriff in April 2016.

Gary George Aitken is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. Following a traineeship with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Mr Aitken became a Procurator Fiscal Depute in 1997. Mr Aitken was then appointed District Procurator Fiscal, first for the Sheriff Court District of Wick and then for the Sheriff Court District of Inverness. In 2009 he was appointed Deputy Head of the High Court Division and in 2014 became Head of the Health and Safety Division, both specialist posts within COPFS. Since July 2017 he has been Assistant Procurator Fiscal, Grampian, Highland and Islands.

Ian Hay Cruickshank is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen. He started as a trainee and became a Partner with Messrs Grigor & Young based in Elgin. Mr Cruickshank qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 1998 and the following year he established The Cruickshank Law Practice in Elgin where he is currently senior partner. Presently, Mr Cruickshank is the Convener of the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland. In 2014 he was appointed as a member of the Reference Group to Lord Bonomy’s Post Corroboration Safeguards Review and he is currently a member of the Reference Group to Lord Bracadale’s Independent Hate Crime Review.

Christine McCrossan, from Clydebank, graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1983 and began her legal career as a Crown office trainee. Following time as a Procurator Fiscal she worked in London as a commercial solicitor with a large City law firm before returning to Aberdeen. She was an Associate in local firm Paull & Williamsons before setting up her own practice specialising in employment law and personal injury. She qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2005. She was appointed as part time Senior Teaching Fellow in employment law at the University of Aberdeen in 2010. She served as the local representative on the Law Society of Scotland from 1995 to 2000. Ms McCrossan is currently a Summary Sheriff in Aberdeen.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland is an independent advisory public body with the role of recommending individuals for appointment to judicial offices within the Board’s remit including judge of the Court of Session, chair of the Scottish Land Court, sheriff principal, sheriff, and summary sheriff.

The First Minister has statutory responsibility for making recommendations to Her Majesty the Queen and is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making her recommendation.

The salary of a sheriff is £134,841 per annum.

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