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Equal Treatment Bench Book

The aim of the Equal Treatment Bench Book is to offer assistance and advice to judges who have to ensure that all who come before the courts are dealt with in an understanding and sensitive fashion regardless of their personal backgrounds. It includes advice on issues arising on sexual orientation and gender identity as these are areas which are capable of misunderstanding and misconception.  It is therefore desirable that judges should have as clear an understanding of this topic as is possible.

Apart from all of the foregoing there are other circumstances, regardless of questions of ethnicity or sexual orientation and gender identity, in which some of those who come before the courts may be at a disadvantage when compared with other court users. They may have a physical or mental disability; they may be children; they may have been the victims of, or have been associated with, domestic abuse; they may be witnesses who, for whatever reason, are apprehensive about the prospect of appearing in court; or they may have to, or may choose to, conduct court proceedings in person without the benefit of legal representation. All require to be dealt with in a sensitive and understanding manner. 

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Sheriff Principal Ian R. Abercrombie QC

Sheriff Principal Ian Abercrombie QC

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Sheriff Principal Marysia Lewis

Sheriff Principal Marysia Lewis

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Based at Perth Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Duncan L. Murray

Sheriff Principal Duncan Murray

Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde

Based at Paisley Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle

Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle

Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highlands and Islands

Based at Inverness Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Mhairi M. Stephen QC

Sheriff Principal Stephen

Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders

Based at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull

Sheriff Principal Turnbull

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Based at Glasgow Sheriff Court

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