New appointment to the Inner House

The Hon. Lord Malcolm has been appointed to the Second Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session.

He will take up his appointment today, 1 July 2014. 

The appointment sees the Inner House being increased to its statutory maximum of 12 judges. 

The Lord President and the Lord Justice Clerk recommended the appointment of Lord Malcolm to fill the current vacancy in the lnner House as their Lordships considered it essential to the efficient disposal of business. 

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill, as required by section 2(8) of the Court of Session Act 1988, consented to the appointment after he was satisfied that the state of business in the lnner House required that the appointment be made. 

Lord Malcolm was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2007. 

He was admitted to the Scottish Bar in 1977 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. 

In 2001 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, an office he held for three years. Before that he had been elected Vice Dean of the Faculty in 1997.  

He was a founder member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, and served as a part-time member of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.  

Earlier in his career he taught Scots law at the University of Edinburgh and was standing junior counsel to the Scottish Development Department.

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