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Appointment of summary sheriff

Published: 26 Feb 2016 11:20
Part of:
Law and order

New appointment announced.

A summary sheriff has been appointed for Glasgow and Strathkelvin by Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister.

Walter Mercer is appointed to the new judicial office of summary sheriff which has been created to deal with some types of civil and criminal cases in the sheriff court.

Mr Mercer has been working as a part-time sheriff since 2011 and has been a member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland for nine years, holding a shrieval post for the last five. He was an advocate between 2000 and 2014 and was appointed as an ad-hoc advocate depute in 2002. Mr Mercer is a graduate of the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Mr Mercer was nominated by the First Minister for the post on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Notes to editors

The salary of a summary sheriff is £106,040 per annum.

The role of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland is to recommend individuals for appointment to judicial offices within the Board's remit including judge of the Court of Session, chair of the Scottish Land Court, sheriff principal, sheriff, and summary sheriff.

The First Minister retains the statutory responsibility for making recommendations to Her Majesty the Queen and is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making her recommendation.