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Lord President appointed

Published: 18 Dec 2015 11:00
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Law and order

Lord Carloway to serve as head of Scotland’s judiciary.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today welcomed the appointment by Her Majesty the Queen of the Rt Hon Lord Carloway as Scotland's new Lord President.

Lord Carloway succeeds the Rt Hon Lord Gill who retired from the post as head of Scotland's judiciary on 31 May 2015.

The First Minister said:

"I warmly welcome the appointment of Lord Carloway as Scotland's new Lord President. Lord Carloway has a wide breadth of experience in both the civil and criminal spheres and his commitment to continuing reform and modernisation of our justice system is clear. Under his leadership I am confident that the already substantial improvements to Scotland's courts will continue.

"I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Lord Gill for his outstanding public service both in his role as a judge and as the Lord President. Lord Gill is an eminent individual of great stature and integrity who led Scotland's judiciary with distinction. The reforms that were recommended by the Review which Lord Gill led on the Scottish civil justice system will be his legacy, and are seen as the greatest changes made to the system for over a century. Lord Carloway is a worthy successor in this important role."

The Lord President is the senior judge in Scotland and the head of the judiciary. As presiding judge of Scotland's supreme civil and criminal courts, he acts as both Lord President of the Court of Session and the Lord Justice General of the High Court of Justiciary. The Lord President also chairs the Board of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

Notes to editors

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.

Lord Carloway is a graduate of Edinburgh University (LLB Hons) 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.

Lord Carloway was appointed a Judge in February 2000 and was elevated to the Inner House in August 2008. He became Lord Justice Clerk in August 2012.

He was an editor of 'Green's Litigation Styles' and contributed the chapters on 'Court of Session Practice' to the Stair Memorial Encyclopedia 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. He is the author of the Carloway Review on key elements of criminal law and practice which was published on 17 November 2011. Many of the recommendations from this review have been taken forward in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, approved by Parliament earlier this week. Lord Carloway is also currently leading a steering group overseeing the Scottish Court and Tribunal Service review into Evidence and Procedure, including options for improving how children and other vulnerable witnesses provide evidence in criminal cases.

The process of selection for the Lord President is set out in the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 ("the 2008 Act"). In line with those provisions the First Minister established a selection panel 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 the Rt Hon Lord Reed (Justice of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom), the Rt Hon Lady Dorrian (Senator of the Court of Session) and Deirdre Fulton (a lay member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland).

The Lord President, who has an annual salary of £220,655, is one of the Great Offices of State in Scotland.