Judicial Appointments

How are judges appointed?

Full-time salaried judges are appointed by the Queen on the First Minister’s recommendation.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) handles these applications and makes recommendation for appointment. 

When a new judge is required, following a request from the Scottish Ministers, JABS makes recommendation to the First Minister. The First Minister is required to consult the Lord President on any recommendation for judicial appointment before making his/her recommendation to the Queen.

It is customary for shrieval vacancies first to be offered to existing sheriffs, with applicants considered by the relevant sheriff principal.

In the case of part-time sheriffs, appointments are made by the Scottish Ministers on the recommendation of JABS.

Information on the appointment of Justices of the Peace can be found here.

HMA v David Briggs

Thursday, 31 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 31 May 2018, Lord Woolman sentenced David Briggs to five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour.

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HMA v James Cameron

Tuesday, 29 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 29 May 2018, Lady Scott imposed an extended sentence of seven-and-a-half years on James Cameron after the accused pled guilty to assaulting his then partner to her severe injury. The custodial period will be four-and-a-half years, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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HMA v Daniel Ian David Lewis and James Griffiths

Tuesday, 29 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 29 May 2018, Lord Ericht sentenced Daniel Lewis and James Griffiths to periods of imprisonment after the two accused pled guilty to reset of a car and charges of being involved in the supply of heroin and cocaine. On sentencing, Lord Ericht made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Norman Gartshore

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 May 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Norman Gartshore to six years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of historical child sex offences.

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HMA V Andrew Beech

Friday, 18 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 18 May 2018, Lord Ericht sentenced Andrew Beech to 3 years imprisonment for restraining and robbing a couple in their home after pretending to be from the Water Company.

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