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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will set out the procedures under which a sheriff may be dismissed; and if he has any proposals for their reform.
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Procedures for the removal from office of a sheriff, in which are involved the Lord President of the Court of Session, the Lord Justice Clerk, the Secretary of State and the Houses of Parliament are contained in section 12 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971. My right hon. and learned Friend has, at present, no proposals for the reform of these provisions.