New Sheriff appointed

David Young QC has been appointed to the office of sheriff by Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister.

Mr Young has been appointed to the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway and his base court will be Hamilton 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 

David Young practised corporate law in a large solicitors' firm between 1989 and 1997. He qualified as an Advocate in 1998 and defended criminal cases in the High Court and Sheriff Courts. 

He was an Advocate Depute from 2004 until 2010, conducting criminal prosecutions and appeals in the High Court and was the first Depute Head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit. 

He was appointed Queens Counsel in 2011, Part Time Sheriff in 2012, and a legal member of the Parole Board in 2017. 

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.