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 Francis Cairney

Thursday, 7 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today, 7 February 2019, Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC sentenced Francis Cairney to four years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of historical child sex offences. On sentencing, Sheriff Kelly made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Michael Friel

Thursday, 7 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 7 February 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Michael Friel to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Megan Ambrozevich-Blair by dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for nine years and nine months. On sentencing, Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Allan Peach

Monday, 4 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 31 January 2019, Lord Clark imposed an extended sentence of nine years on Allan Peach, after the accused pled guilty to making an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, or to enable any other person to do so. The custodial part will be six years, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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HMA v Allenbuild Limited

Friday, 1 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, 1 February 2019, Sheriff Norman McFadyen fined Allenbuild Limited £600,000 for a contravention of Regulation 27(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) 2015 Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, section 33(1)(c) on 5 December 2016 at the construction site of the Engine Yard, Leith Walk Edinburgh, also known as Shrubhill, which resulted in the death of Vincent Ramsay, a labourer who was working there.

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HMA v William Tucker

Wednesday, 30 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 30 January 2019, Lord Summers sentenced William Tucker to 13 years’ imprisonment, after the accused was found guilty of rape and other historical child sexual offences. On sentencing, Lord Summers made the following statement in court:

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