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Lord Duthie installed as Chair of Scottish Land Court


Feb 16, 2023

The new Chair of the Scottish Land Court has been installed at a ceremony in George House, Edinburgh.

Euan Duthie KC took up the role on 9 January following the retirement of former Chair Lord Minginish. Lord Duthie was also appointed as President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland.

His Lordship was installed on 16 February with the Lord President, Lord Carloway, in attendance.

The Lord President said: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Lord Duthie to the Bench.

“His varied and extensive experience will serve him well during his tenure as the eleventh Chairman of the Land Court, and the fifth President of the Lands Tribunal.

"I wish him the very best for his dual roles and I look forward to seeing how the next chapters in the Land Court and Lands Tribunal’s rich history develops.”

Lord Duthie added: “I would like to thank my predecessor, Lord Minginish, for his leadership of and commitment to the Land Court and Lands Tribunal during his time as chair.  I am delighted that he has agreed to remain as the Gaelic speaking member of the Court.

“It is a great honour to carry on this work and take on these roles. I look forward to working closely with colleagues within both the Land Court and the Lands Tribunal as we prepare for the unification of those two bodies.”


Lord Duthie

Lord Duthie is a graduate of the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh. He called to the Bar in 2006.

He was a Royal Naval Reserve officer and in 2010 worked in Kenya on Somali piracy trials.

He was appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General in 2012, before becoming a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal in 2014.

In his most recent post, he was a sheriff at Perth Sheriff Court.

Scottish Land Court and Lands Tribunal for Scotland

The jurisdiction of the Scottish Land Court is set firmly within the context of Scottish farming. It has authority to resolve a range of disputes, including disputes between landlords and tenants, in agriculture and crofting. The court is based in Edinburgh but holds hearings throughout Scotland.

The Lands Tribunal is distinct from the Land Court and has separate administrative staff and systems. The tribunal has statutory power to deal with various types of dispute involving land or property, such as tenants’ rights to buy their public sector houses or compensation disputes for the compulsory purchase of land.