Information about Members of the University Court.
Sheriff Principal Bowen CBE TD QC was educated at Melville College and the University of Edinburgh. He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1970 and practiced mainly in civil work. In December 1979 he was appointed an Advocate Depute and prosecuted in the High Court for four years before being appointed Sheriff of Tayside Central and Fife at Dundee in 1983. While serving as Sheriff in Dundee, he was a Governor of the Dundee Institute of Technology (now the University of Abertay). In 1990 he resigned from the shrieval bench and resumed practice. In 1992 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. In October 1997 he was appointed Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin before transferring to the Sheriffdom of Lothian and Borders in 2005 retiring from that office in May 2011.
He has served in various other capacities: as a Chairman of Employment Tribunals; a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB); chaired the groups which established Scotland’s first Drugs Court and Domestic Abuse Court; and chaired the Review of Sheriff and Jury Procedure which reported in June 2010. He has served as a Temporary Judge in Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary since 2000. He was a Commissioner of Northern Lighthouses from 1997 to 2011, and chairman of the Board from 2003 to 2005.
Sheriff Principal Bowen was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List. He resides in Lundie, Angus, and is a past-captain of Panmure Golf Club, Barry.
This article was published on Jul 30, 2013