The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Sheriff still suspended year after case closed

Allegation­s were dropped

- BY JAMES WYLLIE

An Aberdeen sheriff who faced sexual miconduct allegation­s is still suspended from the role, almost one year after the charges against him were dropped.

Allegation­s against Jack Brown were first made in November 2018.

The charges are understood to have related to a female employee.

The 60-year-old was arrested and charged in January 2019.

But that April the Crown Office said there would be “no criminal proceeding­s” going forward.

Now, one year later, prosecutor­s have said there is still no intention of bringing a case against Sheriff Brown, but he also remains suspended from his post.

A spokeswoma­n from the Judicial Office for Scotland said: “The suspension from office of Sheriff Jack Brown at present remains in place.

“Any conduct complaint in respect of a member of the judiciary would be dealt with thoroughly and on a confidenti­al basis.”

The Crown Office said it had taken “full and careful considerat­ion” of the facts before the decision was made.

At the time, a spokesman said: “The procurator fiscal deals with every case on its own individual facts and circumstan­ces and will take action where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so.”

Sheriff Brown was appointed to work in Aberdeen in 2016 and had been working in the city’s High Court prior to his suspension.

He lives, with his second wife, near Dundee. He was appointed a solicitor advocate in 2003 and has been a sheriff since 2005.

“Any complaints are dealt with thoroughly and confidenti­ally”

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NO CRIMINAL PROCEEDING­S: But Jack Brown is still suspended from the role

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