Definition of sheriff-depute in English:



  • (in Scotland) the chief judge of a county or district.

    • ‘Eventaully it became clear that the official duties connected with his appointment of sheriff-depute meant he would have to find a home in that area for himself and his young family.’
    • ‘Educated for the law, he obtained the office of sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799 and in 1806 the office of clerk of session, a post whose duties he fulfilled faithfully for some twenty-five years.’
    • ‘In 1797 he married Margaret Charlotte Charpentier, daughter of Jean Charpentier of Lyons in France, and was appointed sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799.’
    • ‘Captain David Ross, sheriff-depute of Sutherland, found both women guilty and ordered that they should be burned to death the following day.’
    • ‘Lanarkshire is subdivided into three districts, called the Upper, Middle, and Lower Wards; each of which is under the particular jurisdiction of a sheriff-substitute, appointed by the sheriff-depute of the county.’
    judge, magistrate, her honour, his honour, your honour
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