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.

Appointment 

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.

HMA v Michael Stuart

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (12 December 2017) Lady Scott sentenced Michael Stuart to a total of eight years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and assault offences. On sentencing Lady Scott made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Duncan Burns

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (12 December 2017) Lord Mulholland sentenced Duncan Burns to five years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape. On sentencing Lord Mulholland made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Tomas Gulbinavicius and Janis Karajevs

Friday, 8 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (8 December 2017) Lord Uist sentenced Tomas Gulbinavicius and Janis Karajevs to life imprisonment (punishment part 13 years and 14 years respectively) after the accused were found guilty of murder. On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Ralph Goldie

Thursday, 30 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow High Court today (30 November 2017) Lord Arthurson sentenced Ralph Goldie to life imprisonment (punishment part 14 years) after the accused was found guilty of murder and assault to severe injury. On sentencing Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Eric Finlayson

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (28 November 2017) Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Eric Finlayson to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment and disqualified him from driving for 7 years after the accused pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. On sentencing Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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