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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.

The Lord President said “I would like to express my gratitude for the diligence and assistance provided by Sheriffs Principal Lewis and Turnbull.  The knowledge and expertise which they brought to the Sheriff Appeal Court and their sheriffdoms has been considerable.

"I am grateful to Sheriffs Principal Anwar and Murphy for taking on the roles of President and Vice President, I am in no doubt that they will continue to carry out the important work as their predecessors have.” 


Sheriff Principal Aisha Anwar was appointed Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway in 2020 and transferred to Glasgow & Strathkelvin in 2023. Before that she served as a sheriff from 2014 and part-time sheriff from 2011.  

She has recently been appointed to the SCTS Board and is a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and chair of the Summary Case Management Pilot Project Board. 

She graduated from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1996 and from the University of Oxford (Bachelor of Civil Law) in 1998.   She joined Maclay Murray and Spens in 1998 as a trainee, was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 and became an associate in 2003. From 2009 to 2012 she became a partner and head of litigation for Scotland in a global law firm. 

Sheriff Principal Sean Murphy KC was appointed Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde in December 2022 after being appointed Temporary Sheriff Principal in June 2022.  He was appointed as a sheriff in 2007 and has sat as a temporary judge since 2008 and as an appeal sheriff since 2015.

He studied at St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities. After training as a solicitor with Ross Harper and Murphy, he called to the Bar in 1992. An advocate depute 1998-2001, he served as standing junior to the Scottish Executive 2001-03. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003, he was a senior advocate depute 2003-07.