New President and Vice President of Sheriff Appeal Court
May 10, 2023
Following the upcoming retirement of Sheriff Principal Marysia Lewis and Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull’s appointment as a Senator of the College of Justice, the Lord President has appointed Sheriff Principal Aisha Anwar as President of the Sheriff Appeal Court and Sheriff Principal Sean Murphy as Vice President. Appointments are effective from 1 August 2023 and 17 May 2023, respectively.
The President of the Scottish Tribunals, Lord Woolman will step down from the role on 30 April 2023, before his upcoming retirement in May 2023. Lady Wise, Senator of the College of Justice, has been assigned by the Lord President to be the next President of the Scottish Tribunals commencing 01 May 2023.
Three new members have been appointed to the Scottish Civil Justice Council for a three-year term. These appointments fill two vacancies for practising solicitor members to the Council and one Lord President member (Judge).
Judicial Protocol extended to include Northern Ireland
Feb 6, 2023
The Judicial Protocol Regulating Direct Judicial Communications Between Scotland, and England and Wales, in Children’s Cases was first published in July 2018, following on from a series of meetings that took place between members of the Scottish and English judiciaries over 2017- 2018.
His Majesty the King, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has made a number of judicial appointments, including the appointment of a new Senator of the College of Justice and three sheriffs principal.
Practitioners may wish to note that the Preliminary Hearings Bench Book has been updated as of 8 December. The latest update encompasses changes made in light of the justice provisions in the Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Act 2022.