Daniel Kelly, Queen's Counsel, has been appointed as an all Scotland floating sheriff of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, based at Airdrie Sheriff Court, by Her Majesty the Queen.
First Minister Alex Salmond nominated Mr Kelly for the appointment, which took place on 7 September, on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board.
Mr Kelly will take up his new role on 3 October 2011. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1991, before becoming a QC in 2007. Mr Kelly was a temporary sheriff from 1997 until 2000, and has been a part-time sheriff since 2005.
After a brief spell with Brodies and the Community Law Office in Brussels, he joined the Crown Office where he became a Procurator Fiscal Depute. Since 1991 he has been practicing as an Advocate initially undertaking civil and criminal work including as an ad hoc Advocate Depute; latterly undertaking civil court work, particularly family law and reparation. Mr Kelly is also a member of the Judicial Council for Scotland and Secretary and Treasurer of the Part-Time Sheriffs Association. Mr Kelly is a former Chair of the Scottish Child Law Centre.