Part-Time Sheriffs

Judicial and administrative duties

To help with increasing workloads and the pressure of court business, some advocates and solicitors are appointed to sit as part-time sheriffs. They also provide cover for permanent sheriffs who are absent, on leave or on judicial training. The number of part-time sheriffs is limited to 80. 

For more information about the office of part-time sheriff click here.


Part-time appointments are for five years. They are made by Scottish Ministers on the recommendation of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Re-employed retired sheriffs

A sheriff principal may also appoint a retired sheriff as a temporary measure where he/she considers that it is appropriate to so in order to facilitate the disposal of business in the sheriffs court.  Any appointments are regarded as temporary measures and may occur as frequently and for as long as the sheriff principal considers it necessary. These sheriffs are known as re-employed retired sheriffs as opposed to part-time sheriffs.

Consultation on Rules on Reporting Restrictions

This consultation, published by the Scottish Civil Justice Council, seeks views on the proposal of amendments to already existing rules on reporting restrictions in the Court of Session.

It is proposed that the new rules for the Court of Session, outlined, should be extended to all instances where the court is considering making an anonymisation order restricting the reporting of proceedings, and should introduce an opportunity for the media to make representations to the court before such an order is made.

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HMA v Jamie Anderson

Thursday, 21 March, 2019
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 March 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Jamie Anderson to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of Paul Mathieson.

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Thomas Sheridan v News Group Newspapers Limited

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018
Court Opinion

Thomas Sheridan is entitled to interest on the £200,000 damages he was awarded following his successful defamation action against the publishers of the News of the World, at the judicial rate of 8% per year from the date of the jury’s verdict in 2006 until the principal sum was paid in 2017.

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