Appointment process for new Lord President announced

Following notification of the current Lord President, Lord Hamilton’s, intention to retire in June 2012, the First Minister has established a selection panel to make recommendations for a new Lord President.

That appointment process has begun today with the office being advertised and applications being invited by 31 January 2012.

The selection panel will interview shortlisted candidates and make a report to the First Minister with their recommendations shortly after that. 

The selection panel consists of:

  • Sir Muir Russell (Chair), Chair of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland; 
  • Professor Andrew Coyle, Lay member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland;
  • Rt. Hon Lord Hardie, Senator (Inner House), and
  • Hon Lady Dorrian, Senator (Outer House)

The office of Lord President is the most senior judicial office in Scotland and the office holder is responsible for leadership of the entire Scottish judiciary, in addition to chairing the Board of the Scottish Court Service. The salary is £214,165.

An application pack can be found at



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