New Sheriffs appointed to serve Grampian, Highland and Islands

Morag McLaughlin and Robert McDonald have been appointed to the Office of Sheriff by Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister.

Ms McLaughlin and Mr McDonald have both been appointed to the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands. 

Ms McLaughlin will be based at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Mr McDonald at Banff Sheriff Court. 

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

Note to editors 

Morag McLaughlin is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. She spent 21 years in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, latterly as Area Procurator Fiscal for Grampian, then Lothian and Borders. Thereafter she was a Member of the Scottish Police Authority Board, the Parole Board for Scotland and the Scotland Committee of the EHRC before being appointed as a Summary Sheriff in 2016. 

Robert McDonald graduated from the University of Glasgow. He started his career in 1976 with Anderson Fyfe Stewart & Young in Glasgow. In 1980 Mr McDonald moved to Inverness joining MacArthur & Co as Legal Assistant and becoming partner there. In 1986 he joined Munro and Noble as litigation Partner before moving to Stronachs in 2002, where he is head of the Dispute Resolution Department and Client Relations Partner. He became a Solicitor Advocate in 2003. 

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.