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 McGurk

Friday, 17 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 August 2018, Lady Rae sentenced David McGurk to an Order for Lifelong Restriction with a punishment part of two years and two months after the accused pled guilty to the attempted rape of two women.

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HMA v Sean Gorman

Friday, 17 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 17 August 2018, Lord Woolman imposed an extended sentenced of 11 years and nine months on Sean Gorman after the accused pled guilty to the attempted murder of Shabaz Ali. The detention period will be seven years and nine months, which will be followed by an extension period of four years on licence.

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PF, Paisley v James Paul

Thursday, 16 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At Paisley Sheriff Court today, 16 August 2018, Sheriff Susan Sinclair imposed a Community Payback Order on James Paul after the accused pled guilty to possessing indecent images of children. On sentencing, Sheriff Sinclair made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Peter Morgan

Thursday, 16 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 16 August 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 15 years on Peter Morgan after the accused was found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism. The custodial period will be 12 years, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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HMA v Scott Forbes

Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 13 August 2018, Lord Woolman imposed an extended sentence of 13 years on Scott Forbes after the accused was found guilty of the rape of a 14-year-old girl and other sexual offences. The custodial period will be nine years, which will be followed by an extension period of four years on licence.

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