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 SHANIECE DOBSON

Monday, 25 February, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 11 years on Shaniece Dobson after she was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Sean Martin on 25 February 2012 in Coatbridge.

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HMA v DOUGLAS CALDER

Friday, 22 February, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Stewart sentenced Douglas Calder to 18 months imprisonment and a driving ban of four years after he was found guilty of causing William Webber’s death by careless driving on 15 April 2011 in Aberdeenshire.

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HMA v RICHARD GREEN

Thursday, 21 February, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow Judge O'Grady sentence Richard Green to 3 years in prison after he pled guilty to the culpable homicide of his son John Paul Mulligan Green on 7 January 2012.

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HMA v DAVID BOYD RICHMOND

Friday, 15 February, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Paisley Lord Matthews sentenced David Boyd Richmond to life imprisonment for the murder of Michael James John Scott McGaughey in Kilmarnock on the 24 or 25 June 2012. The punishment part was set at 13 years.

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HMA v STEVEN ARCHIBALD and MICHAEL DAVID SUTHERLAND

Friday, 15 February, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Uist sentenced Steven Archibald and Michael David Sutherland for the killing of John Mills Auld, on 4 March 2012 in Tranet, East Lothian. Steven Archibald was sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment, and Michael David Sutherland was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

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