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The Lord Justice Clerk
Lord Justice Clerk
is the second most senior judge in Scotland, after the Lord President of the Court of Session. Originally clericus justiciarie or Clerk to the Court of Justiciary, the counterpart in the criminal courts of the Lord Clerk Register, the status of the office increased over time and the Justice-Clerk came to claim a seat on the Bench by practice and custom. This was recognised by the Privy Council of Scotland
Scotland
in 1663 and the Lord Justice Clerk became the effective head of the reformed High Court of Justiciary
High Court of Justiciary
in 1672 when the court was reconstituted. The Lord Justice Clerk
Lord Justice Clerk
now rarely presides at criminal trials in the High Court, with most of his or her time being spent dealing with civil and criminal appeals. The Lord Justice Clerk
Lord Justice Clerk
has the title in both the Court of Session
Court of Session
and the High Court of Justiciary
High Court of Justiciary
and, as President of the Second Division of the Inner House, is in charge of the Second Division of Judges of the Inner House
Inner House
of the Court of Session. The office is one of the Great Officers of State of Scotland. The current Lord Justice Clerk
Lord Justice Clerk
is Leeona Dorrian, Lady Dorrian, who was appointed to the position on 13 April 2016.[1] Officeholders[edit]

partial list

William de Camera - Justice-Clerk to David II (1324-71) Adam Forester Before 1374: Alan de Lawedre of The Bass, &c.[2] 1426: James de Lawedre (d. after 1459)(Grandson of Alan) 1478: William Halket of Belsico 1491: Richard Lawson of Heirigs 1507: James Henderson of Fordel (k. Battle of Flodden
Battle of Flodden
1513) 1513: James Wishhart of Pittarrow 1524: Nicholas Crawfurd of Oxengangs 1537: Adam Otterburn
Adam Otterburn
of Reidhall 1537: Thomas Scot of Pitgorn 1539: Thomas Bellenden of Auchnoule 1540: Henry Balnaves 1547: Sir John Bellenden of Auchnole & Broughton (d.1576) 1577: Sir Lewis Bellenden of Auchnole & Broughton (d.1591) 1591: Sir John Cockburn of Ormiston, Lord Ormiston (d.1623) 1625: Sir George Elphinston of Blythswood 1634: Sir James Carmichael of the Ilk 1637: Sir John Hamilton of Orbiston 1651: Sir Robert Moray 1663: Sir John Home, of Renton, Lord Renton 1671: Sir James Lockhart of Lee (d. 4 June 1674) 1674: Sir William Lockhart of Lee 1675: Sir Thomas Wallace of Craigie, Lord Craigie 1680: Richard Maitland, 4th Earl of Lauderdale 1684: Sir James Foulis of Colinton, Lord Colinton 1688: Sir John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair 1690: Sir Alexander (or George) Campbell of Cessnock, Lord Cessnock 1692: Sir Adam Cockburn of Ormiston, Lord Ormiston 1699: Sir John Maxwell of Pollok, Lord Pollok 1702: Roderick Mackenzie of Prestonhall, Lord Prestonhall 1704: Sir William Hamilton of Whitelaw, Lord Whitelaw 1705: Sir Adam Cockburn of Ormiston, Lord Ormiston 1710: Sir James Erskine, Lord Grange 1735: Andrew Fletcher, Lord Milton 1748: Charles Erskine, Lord Tinwald 1763: Gilbert Elliot, Lord Minto 1766: Thomas Miller, Lord Barskimming 1787: Robert Macqueen, Lord Braxfield 1799: David Rae, Lord Eskgrove 1804: Charles Hope, Lord Granton 1811: David Boyle, Lord Boyle 1841: John Hope, Lord Hope 1858: John Inglis, Lord Glencorse 1867: George Patton, Lord Glenalmond 1869: James Moncreiff, Lord Moncreiff 1888: John Macdonald, Lord Kingsburgh 1915: Charles Dickson, Lord Dickson 1922: Robert Munro, Lord Alness 1933: Craigie Aitchison, Lord Aitchison 1941: Thomas Cooper, Lord Cooper[3] 1947: Alexander Moncrieff, Lord Moncrieff[4] 1947: George Thomson, Lord Thomson[5] 1962: William Grant, Lord Grant[6] 1972: John Wheatley, Baron Wheatley[7] 1985: Donald Ross, Lord Ross 1997: William Cullen, Lord Cullen[8] 2001: Brian Gill, Lord Gill[8] 2012: Colin Sutherland, Lord Carloway[9] 2016: Leeona Dorrian, Lady Dorrian[10]

References[edit]

^ McArdle, Helen (13 April 2016). " Scotland
Scotland
appoints first female Lord Justice Clerk". The Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2016.  ^ Alan de Lawedre was Justiciary Clerk "upon the south side of the Water of Forth" and received, in 1374, a pension for same of £10 per annum. Refer: "Early Notices of the Bass Rock and its Owners" by John J. Reid, BA., FSA Scot., in "Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland", 14th December, 1885, p.56. ^ "No. 15820". The Edinburgh Gazette. 13 June 1941. p. 305.  ^ "No. 16416". The Edinburgh Gazette. 28 February 1947. p. 79.  ^ "No. 16481". The Edinburgh Gazette. 14 October 1947. p. 427.  ^ "No. 18072". The Edinburgh Gazette. 25 September 1962. p. 583.  ^ "No. 19165". The Edinburgh Gazette. 22 December 1972. p. 1157.  ^ a b "Scottish Judicial Appointments" (Press release). Number10.gov.uk. 13 November 2001. Archived from the original on 17 January 2004. Retrieved 15 August 2012.  ^ "Appointment of Lord Justice Clerk" (Press release). The Scottish Government. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.  ^ "Appointment of Lord Justice Clerk". Scottish Courts and Tribunals (Press release). 13 April 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 

For listings to 1637 (may be wanting) refer to The Staggering State of the Scots' Statesmen, by Sir John Scot of Scotstarvet, Director of Chancery, Edinburgh, 1754, p.183.

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