The latest round of appointments to the office of part-time sheriff see Mungo Bovey QC & others ‘elevated’ to the bench by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. (will Kenny
levitate elevate himself one day ? – Ed)
One surprise among the promotions to some might be the name of Paul Reid. of Law firm Fleming & Reid, Glasgow. Mr Reid has acted as a prosecuting fiscal for the Law Society for several years on controversial cases, where clients of crooked lawyers have apparently been excluded from hearings …
We note it was Paul Reid who prosecuted Michael G Robson, the former lawyer from Ratho caught up in various client scandals, which we reported on earlier here : Law Society of Scotland and Fiscal accused of deliberate exclusion of witness evidence in Court of Session appeal
Scottish Government Press Release :
Scottish Ministers have today announced new appointments to the office of part-time sheriff following recommendations by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.
The appointees are:
* Mungo Bovey QC * Paul Vincent Crozier * Paul Anthony Reid * Paul Francis Joseph Wade
Mr Bovey (49) graduated from Glasgow University in 1980. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1982 and admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1984. He took silk in 1998 and practices at the Scottish Bar.
Mr Crozier (47) graduated from Strathclyde University in 1983. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and as a solicitor advocate in 2002. He is currently a partner with Croziers, Solicitors and Notaries.
Mr Reid (45) graduated from Strathclyde University in 1980. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1986 and as a solicitor advocate in 2002-criminal and 2007-civil. He is currently a partner with Fleming and Reid in Glasgow.
Mr Wade (56) graduated from Glasgow University in 1974. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and as a solicitor advocate in 1993. He is currently a partner with Simpson & Marwick in Glasgow.
Part-time sheriffs were first appointed in 2000. They assist in maintaining the programme of business in the courts when full-time sheriffs are unavailable owing to sick leave or attendance at training. Part-time sheriffs may also assist when the court programme experiences increases in business which cannot be accommodated without additional judicial assistance. Most part-time sheriffs have a continuing professional practice as either an advocate or a solicitor.
All appointees were recommended for appointment by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. The qualifications required for part-time sheriffs are the same as those for full-time sheriffs. Part-time sheriffs are paid a daily fee for each day of service, currently £583.