Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull and Matt Jackson QC have been appointed by the Lord Justice General to fill vacant positions on the Scottish Sentencing Council.

Sheriff Principal Turnbull, of Glasgow & Strathkelvin, replaces Sheriff Principal Ian Abercrombie following his retirement earlier this year. Mr Jackson has been appointed as advocate member, replacing Stephen O’Rourke QC. Both will serve a five year term.

Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk and chair of the Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull and Matt Jackson QC to the Scottish Sentencing Council. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable as we continue to develop a range of sentencing guidelines in line with our current business plan.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Sheriff Principal Ian Abercrombie and Stephen O’Rourke for their contributions to the Council over the last five years. In particular Ian Abercrombie was instrumental in driving forward work in respect of our guideline on sentencing young people, on which we have just concluded a public consultation. I wish him well for a long and happy retirement.”