Former SIC convener Sandy Cluness and deputy chief executive Willie Shannon have been appointed honorary sheriffs at Lerwick Sheriff Court.
The two former leading council figures, both from a legal background, were “installed” at Lerwick Sheriff Court at a ceremony last week.
Sheriff Principal for Grampian and the Highlands and Islands Derek Pyle was on hand to swear in the two new sheriffs, who will stand in for sheriff Philip Mann when he is holding court in Orkney.
Mr Cluness acted as a defence lawyer in the Lerwick court for many a year and was reporter to the children’s panel for 12 years. Before that he was the first full-time procurator fiscal in Shetland. His first job involving the court was actually as a reporter for The Shetland Times.
Mr Shannon, the director of NAFC Marine Centre, was deputy chief executive of the SIC for a number of years and has been a solicitor for the last 23 years.
Following the official ceremony the two new honorary sheriffs were treated to a reception at the
town hall where they had once worked closely.
Honorary sheriffs are appointed to the voluntary post by the sheriff principal and act as unpaid public servants.