James Reid, Baron Reid
James Scott Cumberland Reid, Baron Reid CH PC QC FRSE (30 July 1890, Drem, East Lothian – 29 March 1975) was a Scottish Unionist politician and judge. His reputation is as one of the most outstanding judges of the 20th century.
Educated at Edinburgh Academy and Jesus College, Cambridge, he was admitted as an advocate in 1914. He was commissioned into the 8th Royal Scots in World War I and was seconded to the Machine Gun Corps in 1916, reaching the rank of Major. He resigned his commission in 1921. He was appointed a King's Counsel in 1932.
He served as Solicitor General for Scotland from June 1936 until June 1941, and as Lord Advocate from June 1941 until July 1945, and was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1941. From 1945 to 1948 he was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. In 1948 he was appointed as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and received a Law Life Peerage as Baron Reid, of Drem in East Lothian. He sat as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary until 1975. He was one of very few men to be appointed a Law Lord straight from the Bar, without any intervening judicial experience.
Reid was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1967.
- Bonnington Castings Ltd v Wardlaw  AC 613,  2 WLR 707,  1 All ER 615
- Beswick v Beswick  AC 58
- Dorset Yacht Co Ltd v Home Office  AC 1004
- Knuller v. DPP   A.C. 435
- McGhee v National Coal Board  3 All ER 1008
- Norwich Pharmacal Co. v Customs and Excise Commissioners  AC 133
- Overseas Tankship (UK) Ltd v Morts Dock and Engineering Co Ltd  1 All ER 404
- Rookes v. Barnard  AC 1129
- Scruttons Ltd v Midland Silicones Ltd  AC 446
- Shaw v DPP  AC 220
- Smith, T. B. (2004). "Reid, James Scott Cumberland". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Online ed.). Oxford University Press.
- "No. 34301". The London Gazette. 3 July 1936. p. 4225.
- "No. 15820". The Edinburgh Gazette. 13 June 1941. p. 305.
- Knuller (Publishing, Printing and Promotions) Ltd. v. DPP  A.C. 435 at 456, 56 Cr.App.R. 633 at 637
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by James Reid
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Stirling and Falkirk
Sir Robert Stevenson Horne
|Member of Parliament for Glasgow Hillhead
|Solicitor General for Scotland
Sir David King Murray
Thomas Mackay Cooper
George Reid Thomson