Lord Arthurson becomes Supreme Courts judge

02 May


The latest addition to the Supreme Courts bench has been sworn in, and has taken the judicial title of Lord Arthurson.

Paul Arthurson called as an advocate in 1991 and was appointed QC in 2005. He became a sheriff in 2005, and was a member of the Sheriff Appeal Court. He was appointed a temporary judge in 2013.

At an installation ceremony in the First Division courtroom in Parliament House, the Lord President, Lord Carloway said: “Lord Arthurson, on behalf of the Court of Session bench I welcome you to the office of Senator of the College of Justice.

“You have a distinguished legal career commencing with degrees from Edinburgh and Oxford universities. You were also a tutor of mercantile, commercial and tax at Edinburgh. You passed advocate in 1991 and had a successful civil practice especially in reparation, notably medical negligence, cases. You took silk in 2005, the same year that you had become a floating sheriff in Tayside, Central and Fife.

“In 2011 you became a resident sheriff in Edinburgh.  Two years later you were appointed a Temporary Judge. You have already sat many times in both the Outer House and High Court of Justiciary and therefore know what to expect from the legal professions, who are represented here today, and from your colleagues on the Bench, perhaps most of all from the appellate divisions of both courts!

“Your career as a sheriff has also seen you appointed to the Sheriff Appeal Court and as a specialist Sheriff Personal Injury Court sheriff. This breadth of experience will undoubtedly stand you in good stead in the coming years.  We all wish you and your family well to this new and exciting path in your legal career.”