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First summary sheriffs appointed 08/02/2016 Scotland’s first summary sheriffs have been appointed as part of the modernisation of the court system

First summary sheriffs appointed

Scotland’s first summary sheriffs have been appointed as part of the modernisation of the court system taking place under the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. This created a new judicial office of summary sheriff to deal with some types of civil and criminal cases in the sheriff court.

Twelve summary sheriffs have now been appointed and will take up office in April and May. They are:

  • Summary sheriffs appointed for Glasgow and Strathkelvin, sitting at Glasgow Sheriff Court, are: Brian Cameron, Robin Christie, Allan Findlay, Tony Kelly, Frances McCartney and Mary McCrory.
  • Summary sheriffs appointed for Grampian, Highland and Islands, based at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, are: Margaret Hodge, Christine McCrossan and Morag McLaughlin.
  • Summary sheriffs appointed for South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, and based between Airdrie, Ayr and Hamilton Sheriff Courts, are: Sara Matheson, Mhairi Mactaggart, Andrew McIntyre and Allan McKay.
  • Derek Livingston has been appointed as a summary sheriff for Tayside, Central and Fife based at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

The Act abolishes the office of stipendiary magistrate and from 1st April 2016 the two current serving stipendiary magistrates, Robin Christie and Allan Findlay, will become summary sheriffs.

Part-time stipendiary magistrates will also become part-time summary sheriffs from 1st April: J Kevin Duffy, Colin Dunipace, Sukhwinder Gill, David Griffiths, J Euan Edmont and Diana McConnell.


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