Read about the types of court hearings presided over by summary sheriffs and see the list of summary sheriffs who have been appointed in Scotland.

Criminal cases

There are two types of criminal procedure in Scotland: solemn procedure for more serious cases and summary procedure. Summary sheriffs preside over summary cases. They also handle procedural matters in the early stages of solemn cases, for example, to grant a warrant for arrest, or to deal with a bail hearing. 

Maximum penalties available to summary sheriffs are set by law. See the Scottish Sentencing Council’s website for more information on maximum sentences and the range of available sentences.

Civil cases

Summary sheriffs can deal with a range of the civil proceedings heard in the sheriff court, including family cases such as adoption; domestic abuse; appeals from the children’s hearings; arrest warrants; extension of time to pay debts and simple procedure.

Summary Sheriffs' Association

Summary sheriffs in Scotland have formed an independent association which represents, safeguards and promotes the interests and welfare of their members and considers matters relating to the law and the administration of justice in Scotland. Read more about the Summary Sheriffs' Association

Further Information

For more information, see the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland website, or read about how summary sheriffs are appointed.


The tables below list the Scottish summary sheriffs and part-time summary sheriffs.

Summary Sheriff Court
Bowie, Neil Perth
Brown, Paul Glasgow
Connelly, Siobhan Ayr
Cook, John Edinburgh
Cottam, Adrian Edinburgh
Dempsey, Colm Dumfries
Divers, Barry Glasgow
Findlay, Allan Glasgow
Flinn, Roderick Edinburgh
Fraser, Adrian Edinburgh
Gill, Sukhwinder Paisley
Gilroy, Shona Glasgow
Guy, Jonathan Glasgow
Hamilton QC, John Dumbarton
Hanlon, Michael Kilmarnock
Harris, Craig Paisley
Higgins, Michael North Strathclyde
Hodge, Margaret Aberdeen
Kelly, Daniel Glasgow
Kooner, Lindsey Paisley
Livingston, Derek Falkirk
Lugton, Charles Glasgow
MacDonald, James Dunfermline
Macfarlane QC, Ross Airdrie
Mackenzie, Moira Hamilton
MacRitchie, John Livingston
Mays, Valerie Glasgow
McConnell, Diana Glasgow
McCormack, Peter Edinburgh
McGinty, Eoin Paisley
McKay, Alison Kirkcaldy
McKay, Allan Hamilton
McPhie, Lindsay Paisley
Mercer, Walter Airdrie
Michie, Alison Stirling
Murphy, Liam Hamilton
Pryce, Patricia Glasgow
Rafferty, John Dundee
Reekie, Derek Dunfermline
Shields, Mary Glasgow
Wallace, Ian Aberdeen
Part-time Summary Sheriff
Duffy, Kevin
Edment, Euan