Appointment process for new Lord President begins

The process of appointing a new Lord President of the Court of Session has begun now that the First Minister has established a selection panel, the Scottish Government has announced.

The panel, which includes senior members of the judiciary, will make recommendations for the most senior judicial office in Scotland.

The announcement follows the retirement of Scotland’s longest serving judge, Lord Gill, on 31 May 2015.

The selection panel is made up of:

• Sir Muir Russell – Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland
• Mrs Deirdre Fulton – Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland
• The Rt Hon Lord Reed – Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
• The Rt Hon Lady Dorrian – Senator, Inner House of the Court of Session

The post is being advertised from today (Monday 20 July), with applications invited by Monday 3 August 2015. The selection panel will interview shortlisted candidates, and make recommendations to the First Minister, shortly afterwards.

The First Minister, who must have regard of those recommendations but is not bound by them, then makes her nomination to the Prime Minister, after statutory consultation with the Lord Justice Clerk. The Prime Minister is responsible for recommending a name for the new Lord President to Her Majesty, but may not recommend anybody who has not been nominated by the First Minister.

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