Sheriff Principal Edward F. Bowen QC
Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders
Sheriff Principal Bowen was educated in Melville College, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh. He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1970 after a legal apprenticeship, and practised mainly in civil work with particular interests in personal injury cases and planning law. He was appointed an Advocate Depute in December 1979, prosecuted in the High Court for four years, and was appointed Sheriff in Dundee in 1983.
During his time serving as Sheriff in Dundee, he was Chairman of SACRO Tayside and a Governor of the Dundee Institute of Technology (now the University of Abertay). In 1990 he resigned from the shrieval bench and resumed practice. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992, served as a Chairman of Employment Tribunals (part-time) and was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB).
He was appointed Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin in October 1997. In this office, he encouraged the development of specialist commercial and family courts, and chaired the group which established Scotland’s first Drugs Court and Domestic Abuse Court. In 2005 he transferred to the Sheriffdom of Lothian and Borders.
He has sat as a Temporary Judge in Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary since 2000. Sheriff Principal Bowen chaired the Review of Sheriff and Jury Procedure which reported in June 2010.
He is married with four children and two grandchildren, and lives in Angus where he enjoys the countryside and has a particular interest, although limited ability, in golf. He was formerly a Captain of Panmure Golf Club, one of Scotland’s oldest clubs.
He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.