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.
Her Majesty the Queen has appointed eleven new sheriffs to serve the sheriffdoms of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, Grampian, Highland and Islands, North Strathclyde, South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, and Tayside, Central and Fife.
The Sheriffs Principal have issued new guidance for court users on proceedings in the Sheriff Courts. The guidance will supersede and replace the guidance which was issued by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service on 25 April 2022.