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Hat’s it for now from Sandy Lorimer who has retired from Inverness Justice Centre


By Ali Morrison

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Sandy Lorimer has retired.
Sandy Lorimer has retired.

Staff at Inverness Justice Centre have said farewell to a popular colleague.

Sandy Lorimer (57) is a familiar figure at the courts with his varied selection of headgear, including Panama and Australian bush hats.

He selected a more conservative trilby for his final day at the office.

From Stirling, he graduated in law at Glasgow University and went on to work for West Dunbartonshire Council and Glenrothes Development Association before joining the legal team at Highland Council. He then joined the Scottish Court Service in Fort William and at the castle in Inverness in 2008 as a legal adviser to lay justices.

As of next week he will be officially retired, but may consider wearing a new hat in the legal profession sometime in the future.

“My fondness for hats goes back to my time in Fort William. It was always raining and I was getting soaked. I wanted a wide-brimmed hat to keep the rain from going down my neck and bought a trilby and Australian bush hat. Then I got a Panama hat for the sunnier days and I have quite a selection now.”

Sandy moved to the new Justice Centre in Longman Road in April. Of this, he said: “I have to say, I miss the castle. It has lots of character.”

John MacColl, on behalf of the Inverness Faculty of solicitors said:”On behalf of my firm and the faculty we thank Sandy for his years of service. His knowledge of the law is a credit to him and he has routinely offered clear and cogent advice to magistrates when needed. We wish him well.”



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