The Queen has appointed Summary Sheriff Colm Dempsey, Kevin McCallum QC and senior prosecutor Nicola Patrick as sheriffs in the Sheriffdoms of North Strathclyde, and South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway.

Mr Dempsey qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and became managing partner at Capital Defence Lawyers in 2011. He was granted criminal rights of audience as a solicitor advocate in 2014 and was appointed a summary sheriff in 2019.

Mr McCallum worked as a procurator fiscal depute and a defence solicitor in Glasgow before being called to the bar in 2000, where he has also practised in prosecution and criminal defence. Also a member of the Bar of England & Wales, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2020.

Ms Patrick joined the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service in 1999, became head of Learning and Development in 2005 and obtained a Diploma in Trial Advocacy at Harvard, USA in 2006. She obtained a Masters in Strategic Leadership from Stirling University in 2008 and then held a series of senior posts within COPFS, including Head of Homicide and Major Crime.

The appointments were made following recommendations by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the basis of a report by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.