Judicial Council for Scotland

The Judicial Council for Scotland was established by the Lord President in January 2007.  It is a body whose membership is drawn from all categories of judicial office holder in Scotland.

The purpose of the Council is to provide information and advice to the Lord President of the Court of Session and the judiciary of Scotland on matters relevant to the administration of justice in Scotland.  Further information about the Council's structure and objectives can be found in the constitution.  

The Council meets twice each year (May and November).  On-going work is carried out through a committee structure. 

The Council assists in the development of policies on a range of matters which affect the judiciary and the judicial system.  Being an internal advisory body, the Council does not have a public role.  It does not, for example, respond to consultations in its own name or comment publicly on issues affecting the judiciary.  The Council is supported by the Judicial Office for Scotland. 

Details of the current membership of the Council and its committees can be found here.

Sheriff Principal Ian R. Abercrombie QC

Sheriff Principal Ian Abercrombie QC

Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway

Based at Airdrie Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Marysia Lewis

Sheriff Principal of Tayside, Central and Fife

Based at Perth Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Duncan L. Murray

Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde

Based at Paisley Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle

Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highlands and Islands

Based at Inverness Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Mhairi M. Stephen QC

Sheriff Principal Stephen

Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders

Based at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

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Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull

Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin

Based at Glasgow Sheriff Court

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