The Hon Lady Rae (Rita Rae)

The Hon Lady Rae was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in January 2014.

Lady Rae was admitted as a solicitor in 1974 and worked as an assistant at Balfour & Manson, Biggart Baillie & Gifford and Ross Harper & Murphy between 1974 and 1977. In 1977 she became partner at Ross Harper & Murphy, until 1981. She was junior counsel at the Faculty of Advocates from 1982-1992 and appointed QC in 1992. In 2003 she was a member of the Sentencing Commission for Scotland until 2006. Since 2010 she has been a member of Glasgow University “Legal 40”, mentoring diploma students. She regularly delivers lectures on a variety of legal topics. Sheriff Rae served as a temporary sheriff from 1987-1997, a sheriff at Glasgow since 1997 and a temporary judge at the Court of Session since 2004. From 2001-2007 she was a member (and vice-chair from 2005) of the Parole Board for Scotland. Since 2003 she has been the Glasgow Branch Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending.

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