Lady Dorrian installed as new Lord Justice Clerk

The Right Hon. Lady Dorrian has been installed as the most senior female judge in Scottish history at a ceremony held in Parliament House.

A Bench of 14 of her fellow judges, led by Lord Carloway, the Lord President, was convened for the ceremony. Lord Carloway administered the oath of allegiance, the official oath and the judicial oath to Lady Dorrian, and welcomed her to her place on the Bench as Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Court of Session.

He said: “As Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian becomes the most senior woman in Scottish legal history. On the civil side, she brings her many talents to preside over the Second Division and in crime to play a central role in developing the law in and procedure of the High Court of Justiciary. Her work chairing the Sentencing Council will be of particular importance.

“I am sure that all those on the Bench today and those who were not able to join us will all be able to work together in the spirit of true co-operation which is required in order to maintain the high standards of the Scottish Bench and to improve those areas which still require attention.”

Lady Dorrian said: “It is a great honour to be the first woman, the first of many I have no doubt, to be appointed to this great office.”

She thanked all those who had sent her messages of support and said she hoped to justify that encouragement as she worked with her colleagues and others to ensure Scotland had a modern, accessible and efficient legal system which truly met the needs of the people it served.


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