The Right Hon Lord Carloway (Colin John MacLean Sutherland)

Lord Carloway was appointed as Lord President of the Court of Session in December 2015 and was installed as the new head of Scotland's judiciary in January 2016. He has been a Senator since February 2000 and was appointed to the Second Division of the Inner House in August 2008, before becoming Lord Justice Clerk in August 2012.

He is a graduate of Edinburgh University (LLB Hons) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977. He served as an Advocate Depute from 1986 to 1989 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. From 1994 until his appointment as a Judge he was Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates.

He is an assistant editor of “Green’s Litigation Styles” and contributed the chapters on “Court of Session Practice” to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia and “Expenses” in Court of Session Practice.

Lord Carloway was the joint editor of “Parliament House Portraits: the Art Collection of the Faculty of Advocates” and is a former president of the Scottish Arts Club.

More recently, he led a review of the law and practice in light of the United Kingdom Supreme Court's decision in the case of Cadder v HM Advocate. His report into criminal law and practice was published in November 2011. 

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