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Publication - Report

Appointment of Queen's Counsel in Scotland 2016

Published: 20 Sep 2016
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781786524539

Independent report on the fairness and objectivity of the Queen's Counsel appointment process in Scotland.

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Contents
Appointment of Queen's Counsel in Scotland 2016
Conclusion

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Conclusion

I can confirm based on my observations and discussions that the process was conducted following an established procedure, careful scrutiny of all applications and that the criteria for recommendation were applied consistently. Applicants had sufficient notice and guidance to allow them to present the information they wished to be considered by the Lord Justice General.

The assessment process was conducted in a fair and objective manner. I was provided with all the information I required and I had the opportunity to meet the Lord Justice General and the Lord Justice Clerk to discuss matters relating to his recommendations. I was given co-operation and support by the Lord Justice General’s private secretary throughout the review.

I am satisfied on the basis of my observations and my discussions with the Lord Justice General that the recommendations made to the First Minister were based on merit taking account of the applicants’ experience and established appellate advocacy skills. There was no evidence of discrimination or bias. Consideration was given throughout the process of the need to maintain the availability of experienced representation of the highest standard at the Senior Bar in Scotland.


Contact

Email: Freya Liddle, freya.liddle@gov.scot