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Five new QCs appointed
Five new Queen's Counsel have been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The new appointees are Roisin Higgins, Advocate; Kirsty Hood, Advocate; Shelagh McCall, Advocate; Dr Joseph Morrow, Advocate, Lord Lyon King of Arms and President of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland; and Sheriff Kenneth Maciver, Solicitor Advocate.
The rank of Queen's Counsel is generally reserved for those who have distinguished themselves in practice in the Supreme Courts. Advocates and Solicitors with Rights of Audience in the Supreme Courts are eligible to apply to the Lord Justice General, Scotland's senior judge. Before making nominations to the First Minister, the Lord Justice General consults other judges, the Lord Advocate, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and the President of the Law Society of Scotland.
The independent observer of the process, Heather Baillie, was appointed with the agreement of the former Lord Justice General, Lord Gill, and approval from the First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Justice, and provided the First Minster with a separate report on her findings which is available here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/09/7009