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02/04/14 10:00

Appointment of new sheriff

Sheriff appointed for Tayside, Central and Fife

On 15 March 2014 Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has appointed Mr Pino E G Di Emidio, Advocate as a sheriff of Tayside, Central and Fife.

First Minister Alex Salmond nominated Mr Di Emidio for appointment on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Mr Pino Di Emidio was admitted as a Solicitor in 1981 and became an Advocate in 1994. He trained at Alexander Stone & Co. He then practised in the firms of G Carroll and Co, Golds and MacMillans where he was a Partner from 1990-1993. He had a broad civil practice as an advocate with particular concentration on commercial and property law. In 2003 he was appointed as an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute. From 2005 to 2009 he was Director of Training and Education at the Faculty of Advocates. From 2009 to 2012, he was a full time Advocate Depute prosecuting crime in the High Court. Since 2012 he has been a part time legal chair of HOHP/PRHP dealing with disputes in the property factoring and private rented sectors.

The salary of a sheriff is £129,579 per annum.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was established by Ministers in 2002 and it became an independent advisory non-departmental public body on 1st June 2009. The board has statutory responsibilities under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. The board’s role is to recommend for appointment to the office of judge, sheriff principal, sheriff and part-time sheriff. The First Minister retains the statutory responsibility for making nominations to Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making his nomination to Her Majesty.