Search on for new res­i­dent sher­iff

The Oban Times - - News -

AF­TER an ab­sence of more than seven months, a new res­i­dent sher­iff may soon be in town.

An ad­vert was posted on the ju­di­cial ap­point­ment board’s (JAB) web­site on Oc­to­ber 26 invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple wish­ing to be con­sid­ered for the role at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court.

Sher­iff Richard David­son held the po­si­tion from Fe­bru­ary 2014 but has not presided over a case since May this year.

There has been un­cer­tainty as to whether Mr David­son would re­turn to Fort Wil­liam fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment in May and in the mean­time cases have been heard by tem­po­rary, vis­it­ing or re­tired sher­iffs. The Oban Times con­tacted JAB to find out why the po­si­tion had been va­cant for so long and was told a re­view had been car­ried out fol­low­ing Sher­iff David­son’s re­tire­ment and it was now deemed ben­e­fi­cial to re­cruit for a full-time sher­iff at Fort Wil­liam so the post holder could also cover other courts in the High­lands. A JAB spokesper­son told The Oban

Times: ‘Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court has been and con­tin­ues to be cov­ered by sher­iffs from other courts, part-time sher­iffs and re­tired sher­iffs with no dis­rup­tion to court busi­ness.

‘Any costs as­so­ci­ated with the de­ploy­ment of part-time sher­iffs will be neu­tral given the salary sav­ings cre­ated by the res­i­dent sher­iff va­cancy.’

The sher­iff clerk from Fort Wil­liam court said he and his fel­low staff have done their best to make sure things have been run­ning smoothly. He added: ‘We have worked hard to en­sure no ad­verse ef­fects on any­one who has to come to court, and we have been told by var­i­ous peo­ple that that has been the case, which is good to hear.

‘ We look for­ward to hav­ing a new res­i­dent sher­iff if and when it hap­pens.’

The JAB site is also invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple wish­ing to work 70 per cent of a full-time equiv­a­lent post based in Oban.

The spokesper­son added: ‘The courts in Oban and Camp­bel­town have been cov­ered by a re­tired sher­iff, Sher­iff An­der­son, since Oc­to­ber 2014.

‘ We are now ad­ver­tis­ing for a new sher­iff to suc­ceed her when she steps down next year.’

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