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New Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin

May 22, 2023

Sheriff Principal Aisha Anwar has become the first female Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, following a ceremony at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday 19 May 2023

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New senator installed at the College of Justice

May 19, 2023

The former Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, Craig Turnbull, has today (Friday 19 May) been installed as a Senator of the College of Justice.

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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.

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New President of the Scottish Tribunals

Apr 5, 2023

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.

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Judicial Attitude Survey Published

Apr 4, 2023

The Judicial Office for Scotland has today published the Judicial Attitude Survey (JAS) 2022.

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Scotland’s sixth First Minister sworn in at the Court of Session

Mar 29, 2023

Humza Yousaf was sworn in by the Lord President as Scotland’s sixth First Minister and Keeper of the Scottish Seal, at the Court of Session this morning.

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Appointment of King’s Counsel 2023

Mar 10, 2023

The Lord Justice General invites applications by advocates and solicitor advocates seeking recommendation for appointment as King’s Counsel in Scotland.

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Scottish Civil Justice Council appointments

Feb 22, 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).

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Lord Duthie installed as Chair of Scottish Land Court

Feb 16, 2023

The new Chair of the Scottish Land Court has been installed at a ceremony in George House, Edinburgh.

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New Chair and Vice-Chair of the Judicial Institute

Feb 8, 2023

Lord Beckett has been appointed as Chair of the Judicial Institute, with effect from 6 February.

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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.

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Applications sought for office of Sheriff

Jan 23, 2023

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) is now inviting applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the office of Sheriff.

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Judicial Appointments, Transfers and Retirement

Jan 19, 2023

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.

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Update to written direction on mutual corroboration

Dec 14, 2022

Practitioners may wish to note that the Jury Manual Committee has agreed an amendment to Part C of the Written Directions (directions which do not apply in all cases but can be used as appropriate).

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Preliminary Hearings Bench Book updated

Dec 8, 2022

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.

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Plaque marks historic slavery case at Court of Session

Dec 6, 2022

A historic legal case which found that slavery was “not recognised” in Scots law has been commemorated in a plaque installed at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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Scottish Civil Justice Council seeks new members

Nov 24, 2022

The Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) is seeking new members.

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Sixteen new King's Counsel appointed

Oct 6, 2022

Sixteen new King’s Counsel have been appointed by His Majesty The King on the recommendation of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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Opening of the Legal Year 2022

Sep 26, 2022

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, introduced the opening of the legal year today in the first full bench ceremony since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

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Scottish Tribunals Annual Report 2021-22 published

Sep 23, 2022

The Lord President has today published the President of Scottish Tribunals’ fifth Annual Report.

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