There are twelve board members: four judicial and two legal members (two judges, a sheriff principal, a sheriff, an advocate and a solicitor) and six lay members including the lay chairing member.
The chairing member receives an annual salary of £17,500. The other lay members and the two legal members receive a fee of £290 per day. The three judicial members do not receive any fees for work undertaken. All board members are eligible to claim for expenses incurred on Board business.
Prior to the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 which came into force in June 2009, board members were appointed for three years. The Act provides for appointments to be for four years; appointments can be renewed up to a maximum of 8 years.
Sir Muir Russell, KCB FRSE
(Lay Chairing Member)
Sir Muir was appointed to JABS in 2008 and has been reappointed twice, until September 2016.
Dr Michael Ewart
Dr Ewart has a First Class Honours degree from Cambridge and a DPhil from York University. He joined the then Scottish Office in 1977, where his career began in the Education Department. In 1991 he became Deputy Director of the Scottish Courts Administration and guided the Scottish Court Service to agency status, becoming its first Chief Executive in 1994. In 1999 he returned to the Education Department, first as Head of Schools Group, and from 2002, as Head of the Education Department. From April 2007 until November 2009, he was Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service. Dr Ewart is now Director of the Scottish International Education Trust and a Board Member of the Scottish Ballet.
Dr Ewart was appointed in August 2010 for four years. He was reappointed in august 2014 for four years until August 2018.
Professor Stephen Tierney
Stephen Tierney is Professor of Constitutional Theory in the School of Law, University of Edinburgh and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. At Edinburgh he has also served as Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and as complaints appeals investigator. He is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Toronto and has held visiting professorial positions in New Jersey and Barcelona.
He teaches and researches in constitutional law, addressing the changing constitutional arrangements of the UK and Scotland and the position of judges within the constitution. He was British Academy Senior Research Fellow 2008-2009 and Economic and Social Research Centre Senior Research Fellow 2013-2014, the latter position dedicated to studying the law and practice of referendums. He served as constitutional adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee in 2013 and as constitutional adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee in 2015. He is also editor of the UK Constitutional Law blog.
Professor Tierney has been appointed until May 2019.
The Honourable Lady Dorrian
Lady Dorrian was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2005, having served as a Temporary Judge since 2002.
She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (LLB). She was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 and was Standing Junior Counsel to the Health and Safety Executive and Commission between 1987 and 1994.
Lady Dorrian served as Advocate Depute between 1988 and 1991, and as Standing Junior to the Department of Energy between 1991 and 1994. Lady Dorrian was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1994. Between 1997 and 2001 she was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Lady Dorrian was appointed in July 2011 for four years. Lady Dorrian appointment to the Board was extended to June 2019.
Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle
Sheriff David Mackie
David Mackie was appointed Sheriff in 2002 and has been a resident Sheriff in Alloa since 2004. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and from 1976 was in private practice as a solicitor. Called to the Scottish Bar in 1991, he practised as an Advocate until his appointment to the Shrieval bench. He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Ministry of Defence (Procurement) from 1996 to 2002. He is Chairman of the Edinburgh branch of SASO (Scottish Association for the Study of Offending) and sits on the National Competition Appeal Panel of the Scottish Rugby Union. A director and latterly chairman of Venture Trust from 2001 until 2011, he is now a Director of Chance4Change.
Sheriff Mackie was appointed to the Board from January 2013 to December 2017.
James McNeill, born in 1952, was educated at Dunoon Grammar School, Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. He was admitted as an Advocate in 1978 and held the appointment of Standing Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue in Scotland between 1988 and 1991, when he took silk. He sits as one of the Judges of the Courts of Appeal of Guernsey and Jersey and as a Convenor of the Presbyterial Commissions of the Church of Scotland. His principal outside interest is in music and between 2004 and 2010 he chaired the Music Committee of the Board of the Scottish International Piano Competition.
Mr McNeill was appointed in September 2012 for four years until September 2016.
Mr Morris' career with Pagan Osborne spans three decades, with him establishing an industry wide reputation as an expert in Private Client services before becoming CEO in 2005.
Outside of Pagan Osborne, Alistair shows his commitment to the Scottish legal sector with over 20 years of representing the Sheriffdom of Cupar on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland. Following this significant contribution, he was elected President of the Law Society for one year from June 2014.
Representing the interests of all Scottish solicitors, Alistair is responsible for the creation and delivery of the Society’s policies and strategies and regularly addresses politicians, leading civil servants and industry wide leaders.
Mr Morris has been appointed for four years, from 1 February 2015 to 31 January 2019.
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