Lord Beckett installed as a Senator of the College of Justice

John Beckett QC has been installed as a Senator of the College of Justice and has taken his place on the Bench with the judicial title, Lord Beckett.

The Lord President, Lord Carloway presided over the ceremony in the First Division courtroom in Parliament House on Tuesday 17 May 2016.

“It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Bench and the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service to welcome you as a Senator of the College of Justice,” the Lord President said.

“You are the first of a cohort of new judges which will bring the Bench back up to strength and alleviate the problems we have faced in the last year.

“You bring to the Bench considerable experience as a solicitor, advocate, advocate-depute, QC, law officer, sheriff and temporary judge – your skills and learning are well known to us all.”

John Beckett is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and was admitted as a solicitor in 1986, working in private practice before being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1993.

He was appointed an Advocate Depute in 2003 and took silk in 2005. He served as Principal Advocate Depute and then Solicitor General for Scotland in 2006.

He became a sheriff in 2008 and was appointed as an Appeal Sheriff on the establishment of the Sheriff Appeal Court in 2015.

He was appointed a Temporary Judge in September 2008 and has presided regularly in the High Court and Court of Session.

Earlier this month it was announced that five new Senators had been appointed, the others being Ailsa Carmichael, QC, Alistair Clark, QC, Frank Mulholland, QC, the outgoing Lord Advocate, and Andrew Stewart, QC.

The installations of Mr Clark and Mr Stewart will take place on 24 and 31 May respectively, with those of Ms Carmichael and Mr Mulholland yet to be confirmed.

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