Lord Mulholland installed as a Senator of the College of Justice

The Rt Hon Frank Mulholland QC has been installed as a Senator of the College of Justice, taking his place on the bench with the judicial title, Lord Mulholland.

The Lord President, Lord Carloway presided over the ceremony in the First Division courtroom in Parliament House today, Thursday 15 December 2016.

Welcoming Lord Mulholland to the bench, the Lord President said: “You have had a distinguished career since joining the procurator fiscal service over 30 years ago.

“You were the first procurator fiscal to be appointed directly from that role to Advocate Depute.

“Having been promoted to Assistant and then District Procurator Fiscal at Edinburgh, you returned to the ranks of the advocates depute, becoming Queen’s Counsel in 2005.

“After a period as Area PF for Lothian and Borders, you were appointed Solicitor General by the new Government in 2007 and then Lord Advocate in 2011.

“During all these years, you have gained considerable experience in the High Court, dealing with all the important, some very high profile, criminal cases of the day and also advising the Government in a range of civil matters – experience which will be invaluable in your new career as a Senator of the College of Justice.”

Lord Carloway added: “Your diligence, sincerity of approach and patience will stand you in good stead in that office. On behalf of the Court, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Scottish bench.”

Frank Mulholland graduated in law at Aberdeen University (1981) and is also a Masters Graduate in Business Administration at Edinburgh University (1997). 

Having become Queen's Counsel in 2005, he was appointed as the Solicitor General for Scotland in 2007 and the Lord Advocate in 2011. 

He has wide experience including having been Procurator Fiscal in Edinburgh, Area Procurator Fiscal for Lothian and Borders, Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel. 

As a prosecutor he has dealt with the most challenging and high profile cases and has appeared in appellate courts, including a full bench of the Appeal Court and in the UK Supreme Court.  

He was appointed as a Temporary Judge of the Court of Session in September 2016.


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