It was announced on 21 September 2011 that Alison Stirling has been appointed as a part-time Sheriff.
Alison graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1994. In 1995 she became legal assistant to the then Lord President, Lord Hope of Craighead. She was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1997 and has a broad range of experience in civil litigation, especially in reparation and family law. She also has experience of judicial review, administrative law and various tribunals. Ms Stirling has been a part-time tutor in civil court practice for diploma students at Edinburgh University since 2000. She has been Deputy Editor of session Cases since 2001