Lady Poole installed as new judge

Anna Poole QC was today, 10 January 2020, installed as a senator of the College of Justice at an official ceremony held in Parliament House, Edinburgh

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, welcomed Lady Poole, saying:

“It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the college of justice to welcome Lady Poole as one of our new senators. A graduate of Oxford University, Ms Poole practised first as a solicitor in London and then in Edinburgh before passing advocate in 1998. She developed a busy practice especially in the administrative law field; being standing counsel to the Scottish Government. She became a QC in 2012 and appeared in many of the recent high profile challenges to governmental acts.

In 2014 Ms Poole became a part-time First tier Tribunal Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber and in 2018 became an Upper Tribunal Judge in the Administrative Appeals Chamber. I am confident that, especially with your skills in Administrative Law you will prove to be a major asset to the bench, especially in the expanding field of judicial review.”


To be appointed, judges go through a rigorous and holistic independent application process which tests the high level of skill, experience and professionalism required.

Once appointed, all judges receive training at the Judicial Institute, which keeps them up to date on the latest changes in the law. They regularly attend courses to build on their knowledge and expertise, and receive weekly news updates.

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