John Cameron, Lord Coulsfield

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The Right Honourable
Lord Coulsfield
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Senator of the College of Justice
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Succeeded by Lord Brodie
Personal details
Born John Taylor Cameron
(1934-04-24)24 April 1934
Died 28 February 2016(2016-02-28) (aged 81)
Alma mater Corpus Christi College;
University of Edinburgh
Profession Advocate

John Taylor Cameron, Lord Coulsfield (24 April 1934 – 28 February 2016)[1] was a Scottish judge who served as a Senator of the College of Justice from 1987 to 2002

Brief Biography[edit]

Cameron was educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh,[2] Corpus Christi College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied for an LLB.

He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1960,[3] and lectured in Public Law at Edinburgh University from 1960 to 1964. He was appointed Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1973,[3] and served as an Advocate Depute from 1977 to 1979. He was Chairman of the Medical Appeals Tribunal for Scotland from 1985 to 1987.

He was appointed as a Senator of the College of Justice in 1987, taking the judicial title Lord Coulsfield.[4] He was the Scottish Judge on the Employment Appeal Tribunal from 1992 to 1996. Before joining the Court of Session he was a judge in the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey. In 2000, he was one of the four judges at the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial.[4]

Lord Coulsfield also served as Editor of the Scottish Law and Practice Quarterly. He died in February 2016 at the age of 81 after a short illness.[3]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2014. Lord Coulsfield, a former Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, 78 
  2. ^ "Distinguished Old Fettesians". Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lockerbie bombing judge Lord Coulsfield dies". BBC News. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Rt Hon Lord Coulsfield". 3 March 2016. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.