Lord Rodger of Earlsferry

Statement issued by The Right Hon Lord Hamilton, Lord President and Lord Justice General of Scotland

Alan Rodger was a very distinguished Scottish judge.  Shortly after being appointed to the Scottish bench in 1995 he served (1996-2001) as Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General of Scotland.  He was subsequently one of the two Scottish judges in the House of Lords and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (subsequently the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom).  In all those posts he contributed substantially to the development of Scots law.  His judgments, whether on civil or on criminal matters, were always incisive.  He also brought to his work a real interest in other judicial systems.  He was an internationally recognised authority on Roman law and contributed to many learned discussions on that and other legal topics.  Although his incisiveness as a judge could make him difficult to appear before, he was an amiable social companion with a dry sense of humour