The Hon Lord Beckett (John Beckett QC)

The Hon Lord Beckett was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016.

John Beckett is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and was admitted as a solicitor in 1986, working in private practice before being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1993.

He was appointed an Advocate Depute in 2003 and took silk in 2005. He served as Principal Advocate Depute and then Solicitor General for Scotland in 2006.

He became a sheriff in 2008 and was appointed as an Appeal Sheriff on the establishment of the Sheriff Appeal Court in 2015. He was appointed a Temporary Judge in September 2008 and has presided regularly in the High Court and Court of Session.

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