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

HMA v ROBERT BROWN

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Perth on 4 November 2014, Lord Bannatyne sentenced Robert Brown to two years’ imprisonment and banned him from driving for 15 years after he pled guilty to causing the deaths of Scott Prior and Mark McColl by dangerous driving.

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HMA v MARK JAMES WALKER

Thursday, 30 October, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 30 October 2014, Lord Stewart sentenced Mark Walker to a custodial term of three years followed by an extension period of two years on licence after the accused was convicted of sexually abusing two boys.

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HMA v PETER MOORE

Thursday, 23 October, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 23 October 2014, Lady Wolffe sentenced Peter Moore to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18-and-a-half years after the accused was convicted of the murder of his brother.

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HMA v GARRY LOCKHART

Thursday, 16 October, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 16 October 2014, Lady Wise sentenced Garry Lockhart to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 25 years after he was found guilty of murdering his wife and son.

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HMA v LEE HAMILTON

Friday, 3 October, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 3 October 2014, Lord Uist sentenced Lee Hamilton to four years and eight months in prison after the accused pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

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