Adults with Incapacity applications

Edinburgh Guardianship Court and AWI User Group (AWIUG)

A Guardianship Court has been established at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to hear applications lodged under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

An application submitted to the sheriff under the 2000 Act takes the form of a summary application. Legal aid may be available at Scottish Legal Aid Board

The Sheriff Principal has issued a Practice Note which applies to all applications for guardianship orders and intervention orders and all minutes for renewal and/or variation of guardianship orders and for appointment of additional guardians and to all appeals to the sheriff lodged under the 2000 Act at Edinburgh Sheriff Court: Practice Note


For further information please email: or telephone 0131 225 2525, option 5 then option 3.

AWI User Group

An AWI User Group (AWIUG) has also been established, chaired by Sheriff Fife.


  • Sheriff Fife, Head of AWI
  • Sheriff Dickson
  • Sheriff Keir
  • Sheriff Stirling
  • Sheriff Tait
  • Sheriff O’Carroll
  • Sheriff Auchincloss 
  • The Head of the Civil Department
  • Magda Markow, AWI Clerk and Secretary to the User Group
  • Fiona Brown, the Office of the Public Guardian
  • Wendy Dalgeish, Scottish Legal Aid Board
  • Lynn Bryson, Solicitor, Drummond Miller
  • Gary Burton, Solicitor, Anderson Strathern
  • Catriona Watt, Solicitor, Anderson Strathern
  • Jacqueline Tainsh, Blackadders, solicitor
  • Ellen Bond, Morton Fraser, solicitor
  • Lucia Clark, Morton Fraser, solicitor 
  • Lynne Lind, T.C. Young, solicitor
  • Sheila Byth, McKinnon Forbes, solicitor
  • Matthew Clarke, City of Edinburgh Council, solicitor
  • Donald Campbell, East Lothian Council, solicitor
  • Keren Conway, East Lothian Council, solicitor
  • Emma Jackson, Midlothian Council, solicitor
  • Dianne Millen, Watermans, solicitor and safeguarder
  • Elizabeth Horsfall, safeguarder
  • Guy Couper, safeguarder
  • Sarah Prentice, safeguarder

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