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 Corke.


Sheriff Corke , Head of AWI
Sheriff Fife, Deputy Head of AWI
Sheriff Dickson
Sheriff Keir
Sheriff Stirling
Sheriff Tait
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
Charles Ogilvie, Solicitor, Drummond Miller
Gary Burton, Solicitor, Anderson Strathern
Catriona Watt, Solicitor, Anderson Strathern
Helen McGinty, Solicitor, Helen McGinty & Co and safeguarder
Raymond Fairgrieve, MHD Law, solicitor and safeguarder
Matthew Clarke, City of Edinburgh Council, solicitor
Donald Campbell, East Lothian Council, solicitor
Louise Shearer, East Lothian Council, solicitor
Keren Conway, East Lothian Council, solicitor
Emma Padden, Midlothian Council, solicitor
Dianne Millen, Watermans, solicitor and safeguarder
Lynne Lind, T.C. Young, solicitor
Sheila Byth, McKinnon Forbes, solicitor
Elizabeth Horsfall, safeguarder
Guy Couper, safeguarder
Sarah Prentice, safeguarder


Minutes of AWIUG meetings

Approved minutes

Contact AWIUG

If court users have any matters which they wish to draw to the attention of the Court relating to AWI procedures they should contact the Secretary to the Group - Magdalena Markow - by email:


Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 


The Adults with Incapacity (Reports in Relation to Guardianship and Intervention Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2002


Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc Rules 1999, Part XVI, Rules 3.16.1 to 3.16.13 and Forms 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 in Schedule 1


Practice Note

Sheriff Court - Practice Note - LB - Number 1 of 2022 Adults with Incapacity (S) Act 2000

Useful links

Sheriff Court - Practice Note - LB - Number 1 of 2022 Adults with Incapacity (S) Act 2000

Office of the Public Guardian

Mental Welfare Commission

Scottish Legal Aid Board

City of Edinburgh Council

East Lothian Council

Midlothian Council

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