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 Neil Ireland

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 17 May 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Neil Ireland to 10 years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of repeatedly raping two women and sexually assaulting two other women.

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HMA v Michael J Holland

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Woolman sentenced Michael Holland to 4 years in prison after the accused was found guilty of 4 drug related offences including the supply of cocaine.

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HMA v Robert Russell

Tuesday, 2 May, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Clark sentenced Robert Russell to an extended sentence of 12 years, with 9 years imprisonment, after the accused was found guilty of 11 charges of sexual abuse.

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HMA v Paul Brian Moffat

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 26 April 2017, Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence of ten years on Paul Moffat after the accused was found guilty of raping and sexually abusing a four-year-old girl. The custodial element will be eight years, followed by an extension period two years on licence.

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HMA v George McDonald

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 26 April, Lord Woolman sentenced George McDonald to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to culpable homicide.

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