A NEW SHERIFF is in town with the Scottish Government announcing the appointment of Olga Pasportnikov to preside over courts in Grampian and the Highlands and Islands.
Mrs Pasportnikov will sit at Elgin Sheriff Court as a direct replacement for Susan Raeburn QC, who retired earlier this year.
A graduate of the University of Dundee, Mrs Pasportnikov was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.
The new sheriff was first admitted as a solicitor in 1991 and trained a Balfour and Manson before working mainly in private practice before joining the Law Society of Scotland in 1998. She has served with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service since 2003.
One of two new appointments, Mrs Pasportnikov’s appointment will be as a resident sheriff at Elgin.