Anne Smith, Lady Smith
|Senator of the College of Justice|
|Assumed office |
|Nominated by||Henry McLeish|
As First Minister
16 March 1955
|Spouse(s)||David Alexander Smith|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
Anne Mather was educated at Jordanhill School and Cheadle County Grammar School for Girls, before attending the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh, where she graduated with an LL.B. (Hons.). She served a two-year apprenticeship with Shepherd and Wedderburn WS, and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1980. She married David Alexander Smith WS in 1979.
She served as a Temporary Sheriff from 1995 to 1999, as Chairman of the Scottish Partnership on Domestic Abuse from 1998 to 2000, and as an Advocate Depute from 2000 to 2001. In April 2001 she was blamed by Donald Findlay QC for falling dress standards in the courts. In 1997, she had been the first woman to appear before the Court of Session in trousers; Findlay said that "The drop in standards began when female lawyers were allowed to wear trousers in court. They are all right for going to Tesco in, but not suitable dress for ladies to wear in court." In November 2001, Smith was appointed a judge of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, the Supreme Courts of Scotland, taking the judicial title, Lady Smith. Filling the vacancy created by Lord Gill's promotion to Lord Justice Clerk, she was only the third woman to be appointed to the College of Justice.
On 25 January 2019 she was made an Honorary Fellow of The Academy of Experts in recognition of her contribution and work for Expert Witnesses.
She married David Alexander Smith, a solicitor, in 1979, with whom she has a son and a daughter. She plays piano and flute, and her other interests include aerobics, skiing, swimming, gardening and walking.
- "Biographies - The Hon Lady Smith". Scottish Court Service. Archived from the original on 23 September 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- "Trousers-row lawyer to sit on bench". The Scotsman. 26 November 2001. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
- "Scottish Child Abuse inquiry to be extended". BBC News. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- profile at Judiciary of Scotland website