Sheriffs' Association

The Sheriffs’ Association exists to represent, safeguard and promote the interests and welfare of Sheriffs and to consider all matters connected with the law and the administration of justice in Scotland. The great majority of Sheriffs are members of the association.

The association represents Sheriffs in dealings with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and the Judicial Office for Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and a wide range of other bodies.

It makes representations and responses on proposed changes to the law and administration of justice, particularly those affecting the judiciary, while continuing to uphold the crucial constitutional doctrine of judicial independence.

The association appoints or nominates members to serve on other bodies, including the Judicial Council for Scotland, and nominates members to attend on its behalf at important national and international conferences and meetings.

The affairs of the association are managed by a Council of 12 members, including the three officer bearers. Elections are held annually.

Communications to the association may be made through the Honorary Secretary whose contact details are given below.

The current officer bearers are as follows:

President: Sheriff Gordon Liddle; Vice President: Sheriff Daniel Kelly, QC; Honorary Secretary and Treasurer: Sheriff Derek O’Carroll

Sheriff Gordon Liddle

Sheriff Liddle

President: Sheriff Gordon Liddle (Edinburgh Sheriff Court)

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Sheriff Daniel Kelly, QC

Sheriff Daniel Kelly

Vice President: Sheriff Daniel Kelly, QC (Hamilton Sheriff Court)

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Sheriff Derek O’Carroll

Sheriff Derek O’Carroll

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer: Sheriff Derek O’Carroll, Sheriff of South Strathclyde Dumfries and Galloway at Airdrie.

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Message from the Lord President


Welcome to the judicial website. We hope that you find this website both helpful and informative. It is our intention to publish as much information as we can, as quickly as we can. We believe it is vital in a democracy that justice is not only seen to be done, but that it operates in an open and transparent way and contributes to public understanding and awareness of what takes place in courts each day across Scotland.

Lord President

HMA v David Bruce Penman

Friday, 23 June, 2017
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 23 June 2017, Lord Uist made a risk assessment order in respect of David Bruce Penman after the accused was found guilty of rape and other sexual offences committed against fellow pupils at the Royal Blind School. A risk assessment report will be prepared to allow the judge to make an informed decision as to whether it is appropriate to impose an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

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RSPB v The Scottish Ministers & others

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Court Opinion

An appellate Division of the Court of Session has upheld appeals by the Scottish Ministers against orders by a judge at first instance that their decisions to grant consents for the construction of four offshore wind farms in the North Sea were "unlawful".

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