Sheriff Nigel Ross has been appointed as Sheriff Principal of Lothian & Borders, from 2 May 2022.

Sheriff Ross will take up post on the retirement of Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen. He qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and called to the bar in December 1991. His practice was mainly in the newly established Commercial Court in the Court of Session. He was appointed standing junior to the Department of Trade & Industry in 1999.

In 2003 he was appointed a part time sheriff and in 2006 a full time sheriff, initially at Glasgow Sheriff Court and from 2013 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. He is a designated commercial, extradition and personal injury sheriff and since 2017 has sat in the Sheriff Appeal Court.

The appointment was made by the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister, following a report by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.