Sheriff Principal Brian A. Lockhart

Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway

Based at Airdrie Sheriff Court

Sheriff Principal Brian A Lockhart was born in Ayr in 1942 and has been Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway since November 2005. Previously he was a Sheriff in Glasgow for 24 years, and before that a Floating Sheriff in North Strathclyde for three years.

Before being appointed Sheriff Principal, he was President of the Sheriffs’ Association.  He has previously been a member of the Parole Board for Scotland and a member of the McInnes’ Committee to Review Summary Criminal Justice in Scotland. He has been Commissioner of Northern Lighthouse Board since 2005 and has held a commission as a Temporary High Court Judge since November 2008.

Sheriff Principal Lockhart was appointed at the same time as Sheriff Principal Taylor was appointed to the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin.   Both are solicitors and are the second and third solicitors to be appointed Sheriff Principal.  All other appointments have been from the ranks of Queens Counsel.

He has played rugby for Glasgow Academicals and Glasgow, and played cricket for Glasgow Academicals. He also enjoyed playing tennis and squash - but is currently restricted to fishing and golf.

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