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Speeches

Senior judges regularly make speeches or give lectures on a broad range of topics. It is our intention to publish as many of these as possible.

Speeches published on this website reflect the individual judicial office-holder's personal views, unless otherwise stated. If you have any queries please contact the Head of Judicial Communications at the Judicial Office for Scotland.

 

Lord President’s speech to the Commonwealth Law Conference 2015

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015
Speeches

The Lord President’s keynote speech, on ‘Independence of the judiciary and the legal profession,’ to the Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow on 13 April 2015.

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Lord Justice Clerk’s speech at the CALRAs Biennial Conference

Monday, 13 April, 2015
Speeches

The Lord Justice Clerk's keynote address, entitled “To ‘mend the lawes, that neids mendement’: A Scottish perspective on lawyers as law reformers,” which was delivered to the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies (CALRAs) Biennial Conference on Law Reform in a Fast Changing World at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 11 April 2015.

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Lord President's speech at the Holyrood Digital Justice Conference

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
Speeches

In his address, the Lord President sets out the timetable for the commencement of provisions of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, his intention to appoint a President of the new Sheriff Appeal Court and announces the publication of the report on the televising of proceedings in court. In addition, he outlines his intention to launch a feasibility study into the creation of a new Energy and Natural Resources Court in the Court of Session to provide a specialist forum for litigations in these fields.

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SSC, SSA & SYLA Annual Lecture 2014

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014
Speeches

Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen discussed the future of Scotland’s sheriff courts at this year's joint Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts, Society of Solicitor Advocates and Scottish Young Lawyers' Association Annual Christmas Lecture, on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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Howard League Scotland Drummond Hunter Lecture 2014

Thursday, 23 October, 2014
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The Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Carloway, revisited the subject of sentencing for the Howard League Scotland Drummond Hunter Lecture 2014 on 22 October 2014, arguing that it is essential to embrace new thinking to develop sentencing policies and practices suited to the modern era.

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