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Part-time sheriffs announced

10 May 2010

Scottish Ministers have announced new appointments to the office of part-time sheriff. The appointments were recommended by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

The appointees are:

Mr Eric Brown – Mr Brown graduated from Edinburgh University in 1974, was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987. He served his legal apprenticeship with Gillespie McAndrew in Edinburgh. Between 1996 and 2002 Mr Brown was a part-time chairman of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal. He is currently in working in the Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament. It is likely that Mr Brown will take up his appointment in the latter part of June this year.

Sheriff Pamela Bowman – Sheriff Bowman graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1965. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1967 and was a partner in Bowman's Solicitors in Dundee and Forfar until she was appointed as an all-Scotland floating sheriff in 1997. She served in Glasgow Sheriff Court and specialised in both family and adoption law, and on many occasions also sat as a drug court sheriff. In 2003 she was appointed as a board member of Scottish Children's Reporter Administration. Sheriff Bowman will take up her part-time appointment on 10 May 2010.

Mrs Marion McDonald – Mrs McDonald graduated from Aberdeen University in 1980 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1982. Between 1997 and 2007 she was a consultant in the litigation department with Paull and Williamsons in Aberdeen, specialising in family law, in which she gained accreditation as a specialist. Currently Mrs McDonald is a partner with Ledingham Chalmers LLP in the family law unit.

Mr John Halley – Mr Halley graduated in law from Edinburgh University in 1993 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1995. In 1997 he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates and since then he has practised in civil litigation. He has frequently been instructed in cases concerned with the interests of children. He has served as an advocate depute and an ad hoc advocate depute.

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