Brian was born in Greenock. Sheriff Kearney practiced as a solicitor in Glasgow from 1960 to 1974. He was appointed as a floating Sheriff in 1974 and was appointed to Glasgow in 1977, retiring in 2007. Brian Kearney was a Temporary sheriff principal in North Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway from July 2007 to March 2008.
He was a member of the Judicial Studies Committee from 1997 to 2004 and was Chairman of the Glasgow Branch of Scottish Association for the Study of Delinquency from 1998 to 2005. He has written legal text-books, including a comprehensive study of the law affecting the Children's Hearings System. Sheriff Kearney holds no other Ministerial appointments.
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