The Lord President has appointed Sheriff Adrian Cottam as the next deputy director of the Judicial Institute for Scotland. Sheriff Cottam will take up the post on 1 September 2022 for a period of three years.

Sheriff Cottam is a graduate of Dundee University. He joined the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service in 1996, starting as a depute in Inverness and then working in various roles in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, including a period as district procurator fiscal for West Lothian at Livingston. 

He was an advocate depute, then senior advocate depute over two periods totalling six and a half years. He was appointed as a summary sheriff in Lothian & Borders in 2017, and in October 2021 as a sheriff in South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway based primarily at Lanark Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Pino Di Emidio, Director of the Judicial Institute commented: “I am delighted that Adrian is joining the Judicial Institute. He brings a wealth of experience and will help the continuing development of the Institute and its resources as we implement our recovery plan. I am also extremely grateful to Susan Craig for her outstanding contribution to the work of the Institute over the last four and half years.”