Lord Justice Clerk
|Lord Justice Clerk|
|Style||The Right Honourable|
|Appointer||Monarch on the advice of the First Minister|
|Term length||Life tenure|
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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 in 1663 and the Lord Justice Clerk became the effective head of the reformed High Court of Justiciary in 1672 when the court was reconstituted. The 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 has the title in both the Court of Session and the 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 of the Court of Session. The office is one of the Great Officers of State of Scotland.
The current Lord Justice Clerk is Leeona Dorrian, Lady Dorrian, who was appointed to the position on 13 April 2016.
- William de Camera - Justice-Clerk to David II (1324-71)
- Adam Forester
- 1426: James de Lawedre (d. after 1459)
- 1478: William Halket of Belsico
- 1491: Richard Lawson of Heirigs
- 1507: James Henderson of Fordel (k. Battle of Flodden 1513)
- 1513: James Wishhart of Pittarrow
- 1524: Nicholas Crawfurd of Oxengangs
- 1537: 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
- 1947: Alexander Moncrieff, Lord Moncrieff
- 1947: George Thomson, Lord Thomson
- 1962: William Grant, Lord Grant
- 1972: John Wheatley, Baron Wheatley
- 1985: Donald Ross, Lord Ross
- 1997: William Cullen, Lord Cullen
- 2001: Brian Gill, Lord Gill
- 2012: Colin Sutherland, Lord Carloway
- 2016: Leeona Dorrian, Lady Dorrian
- The Edinburgh Gazette: . 13 June 1941. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- The Edinburgh Gazette: . 28 February 1947. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- The Edinburgh Gazette: . 14 October 1947. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- The Edinburgh Gazette: . 25 September 1962. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- The Edinburgh Gazette: . 22 December 1972. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- "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.