Lord Justice Clerk Installed
News - date posted 21/09/12
Lord Carloway has been installed as Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland in an official ceremony at Parliament House.
He replaces Lord Gill who was recently appointed as Lord President and Lord Justice General and who welcomed him to the Bench.
Lord Carloway was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977, 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 in February 2000 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 led 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 and plays a prominent role in the criminal appeal 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.
The process of selection for the Lord Justice Clerk is set out in the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 ("the 2008 Act").
In line with those provisions 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, the High Court and Court of Session judge and Elspeth Macarthur, a lay member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.
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