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Sheriff Officers

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many sheriff officers operating under section 7 of the Law of Distress Amendment Act 1888, and certificated by a sheriff principal, are operating in Scotland.

None. The Law of Distress Amendment Act 1888 does not extend to Scotland.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many certificated sheriff officers are operating within the courts in Scotland.

Sheriff officers are not certificated. They hold commissions from sheriffs principal and as at 1 January 1990 there were 191 individuals with commissions. An individual can hold commissions for more than one sheriff court area.