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Criminal Courts Rules Council Appeal Sheriff vacancy


Oct 20, 2023

A vacancy has arisen for an Appeal Sheriff member of the Criminal Courts Rules Council.

The Criminal Court Rules Council, which is chaired by the Lord Justice Clerk, was established under section 304 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. The council’s functions are to keep under general review the procedures and practices of the courts exercising criminal jurisdiction in Scotland and to consider and comment on any draft Act of Adjournal submitted to it by the High Court.

The council normally meets three times a year at Parliament House, Edinburgh, although members can attend by video means too. Further information, including minutes of previous meetings, can be found here

Any Appeal Sheriff who wishes to be considered for appointment is invited to send an email of no more than 300 words to Lori Pidgeon, Deputy Legal Secretary to the Lord Justice General (, setting out the skills and experience they would bring to the council. The Lord Justice General will consider the submitted emails and make the appointment. 

The closing date for emails to be submitted is 17 November 2023