SENATORS OF THE COLLEGE OF JUSTICE

 

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Judges sitting in the Supreme Courts are known as senators of the College of Justice.

The Supreme Courts are the Court of Session, and the High Court of Justiciary. The High Court also sits as the Court of Criminal Appeal. The Court of Session is the supreme civil court and the High Court is the supreme criminal court. The Lord President is the most senior judge in Scotland and the Lord Justice Clerk is the second most senior judge.

The Court of Session is divided into the Outer House, which normally deals with new civil cases and the Inner House, which deals mostly with civil appeals. The Inner House is separated into the First Division and the Second Division, which are chaired by the Lord President and Lord Justice Clerk respectively, each holding equal authority. These 2 judges have a wide range of responsibilities and, when neither is available to sit in court, an Extra Division is set up and chaired by the next most senior judge. 

Temporary judges may be appointed to sit in the Supreme Courts to carry out the same work on a part-time basis. They are referred to as Judge Smith rather than Lord or Lady Smith. See a list of the temporary judges in Scotland.

Read about how senators are appointed.

More information about the role of senator is available. 

See a list of senators in the Outer House; and in the Inner House divisions.

 Senators

 

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The Right Hon Lord Carloway

Lord Carloway was appointed as Lord President of the Court of Session in December 2015 and was installed as the new head of Scotland's judiciary in January 2016.

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The Right Hon Lady Dorrian

Lady Dorrian was installed as Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Court of Session in April 2016.

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Lady Paton

The Right Hon Lady Paton

Lady Paton was appointed a judge in January 2000 and was elevated to the Inner House in April 2007.

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Lord Menzies

The Right Hon Lord Menzies

Lord Menzies was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2001 and was elevated to the Inner House in February 2012.

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Lady Smith

The Right Hon Lady Smith

Lady Smith was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2001 and was elevated to the Inner House in November 2012.

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The Right Hon Lord Malcolm

Lord Malcolm was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in March 2007 and was elevated to the Inner House in July 2014.

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Lord Glennie

The Right Hon Lord Glennie

Lord Glennie was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in February 2005 and was elevated to the Inner House in 2016.

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Lord Turnbull

The Right Hon Lord Turnbull

Lord Turnbull was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2006 and elevated to the Inner House in September 2016.

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The Right Hon Lord Woolman

Lord Woolman was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in March 2008 and was elevated to the Inner House in February 2020.

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The Right Hon Lord Pentland

Lord Pentland was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in November 2008 and was elevated to the Inner House in July 2020.

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The Hon Lord Brailsford

Lord Brailsford was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in February 2006.

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The Hon Lord Uist

Lord Uist was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in April 2006.

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Lord Matthews

The Hon Lord Matthews

Lord Matthews was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in July 2007.

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The Hon Lady Stacey

Lady Stacey was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in January 2009.

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The Hon Lord Tyre

Lord Tyre was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2010.

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The Hon Lord Doherty

Lord Doherty was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2010.

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The Right Hon Lord Boyd of Duncansby

Lord Boyd was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in June 2012.

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The Hon Lord Burns

Lord Burns was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in July 2012

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The Hon Lady Scott

Lady Scott was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in November 2012.

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The Hon Lady Wise

Lady Wise was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in February 2013.

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The Hon Lord Armstrong

Lord Armstrong was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in February 2013.

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Lady Wolffe

The Hon Lady Wolffe

Lady Wolffe was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in March 2014.

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The Hon Lord Beckett

Lord Beckett was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016.

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The Hon Lord Clark

Lord Clark was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016.

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The Hon Lord Ericht

Lord Ericht was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016.

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The Hon Lady Carmichael

Lady Carmichael was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016.

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The Rt Hon Lord Mulholland

Lord Mulholland was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016.

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The Hon Lord Summers

Lord Summers was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in March 2017.

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The Hon Lord Arthurson

Lord Arthurson was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in March 2017.

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The Hon Lord Fairley

Lord Fairley was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in January 2020.

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The Hon Lady Poole

Lady Poole was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in January 2020.

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Lord Harrower

The Hon Lord Harrower

Lord Harrower was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in February, 2020.

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Lord Weir

The Hon Lord Weir

Lord Weir was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in April 2020.

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Lord Braid

The Hon Lord Braid

Lord Braid was installed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in June 2020.

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The Hon Lord Minginish

Lord Minginish was appointed to the Chair of the Scottish Land Court in October 2014. As such he holds the same rank and tenure as a judge of the Court of Session.

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