Summary sheriffs appointed in Scotland

Scotland’s first summary sheriffs have been appointed as part of the major modernisation of the court system.

The Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 created a new judicial office of summary sheriff to deal with some types of civil and criminal cases in the sheriff court.

The move is part of the government’s reform of the system to improve efficiency and ensure the right cases are heard in the right courts.

Twelve summary sheriffs have now been appointed and will take up office in April and May.

Summary sheriffs appointed for South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, and based between Airdrie, Ayr and Hamilton sheriff courts, are: Sara Matheson, Mhairi Mactaggart, Andrew McIntyre and Allan Mackay.

The summary sheriff appointees were appointed by The Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister. He received recommendations by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.