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Judicial appointment process begins

Published: 25 Jan 2016 10:30
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Law and order

First Minister establishes selection panel to appoint Lord Justice Clerk.

The process of appointing Scotland's Lord Justice Clerk has begun, after the recent appointment of Lord Carloway to the office of Lord President.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has established a selection panel to make recommendations for Scotland's second most senior judicial office.

The Lord Justice Clerk chairs the newly created Scottish Sentencing Council, provides support to the Lord President and is deputy chair of the Board of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

On the selection panel are:

• The Rt Hon Lord Carloway – Lord President
• Sir Muir Russell – Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland
• Alison Mitchell – Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland
• The Hon Lady Stacey – Senator of the College of Justice

The post is being advertised from today, with applications welcome until Sunday 7 February. The advert can be accessed here:

Notes to editors

The office of Lord Justice Clerk became vacant when the previous Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Carloway, became Lord President in December 2015.

The selection panel will make recommendations to the First Minister, who then makes her nomination to the Prime Minister after statutory consultation with the Lord President. The Prime Minister recommends a name for the new Lord Justice Clerk to Her Majesty, but may not recommend anybody who has not been nominated by the First Minister.

Eligibility for appointment as Lord Justice Clerk is open to:

• Serving Court of Session judges
• Sheriffs principal and sheriffs who have held continuous office for at least five years immediately preceding appointment
• Solicitors who have had rights of audience in both the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary for a continuous period of at least five years immediately preceding the appointment
• Advocates of at least five years standing
• Writers to the Signet of ten years standing who have passed an examination in civil law set by the Faculty of Advocates, two years before appointment