Lord Justice Clerk Appointed
News - date posted 17/08/12
Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has appointed Lord Carloway as Lord Justice Clerk. Lord Carloway replaces Lord Gill who was recently appointed as Lord President.
Lord Carloway was nominated by the First Minister taking account of recommendations made by a selection panel constituted under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 and will take up his appointment with immediate effect.
In line with the provisions of the 2008 Act the First Minister established a panel of four people and invited them to recommend individuals suitable for appointment.
The panel was chaired by Sir Muir Russell (Chair of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland) and also comprised Lord Gill, Lady Dorrian (High Court and Court of Session Judge) and Elspeth Macarthur (a lay member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland).
Lord Carloway was appointed a Judge in February 2000 and was appointed to the Second Division of the Inner House in August 2008. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977.
He served as an Advocate Depute from 1986 to 1989 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990. From 1994 until his appointment as a Judge he was Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates.
He is an assistant editor of 'Green's Litigation Styles' and contributed the chapters on 'Court of Session Practice' to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia and 'Expenses' in Court of Session Practice.
Lord Carloway was the joint editor of 'Parliament House Portraits: the Art Collection of the Faculty of Advocates' and is a former president of the Scottish Arts Club.
In 2010 he was invited by the Lord President to lead a review of the law and practice in light of the United Kingdom Supreme Court's decision in the case of Cadder v HM Advocate. His report into criminal law and practice was published in November 2011.
The Lord Justice Clerk is the second most senior judge in Scotland. As he plays a prominent role in the Criminal Appeals system. The Lord Justice Clerk is one of the Great Offices of State in Scotland, is a Commissioner for the Honours of Scotland, and Senior Commissioner of the Queen Victoria School in Dunblane. The Lord Justice Clerk also holds the office of President of the Second Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session.
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