Richard Scott, Baron Scott of Foscote

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The Lord Scott of Foscote

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Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
17 July 2000 – 30 September 2009
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byThe Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Succeeded byPosition eliminated
Vice-Chancellor of the Supreme Court
In office
Preceded bySir Donald Nicholls
Succeeded bySir Andrew Morritt
Personal details
Richard Rashleigh Folliott Scott

(1934-10-02) 2 October 1934 (age 84)
Dehradun, India
Spouse(s)Rima Elisa Ripoll (m. 1959); 4 children
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town;
Trinity College, Cambridge

Richard Rashleigh Folliott Scott, Baron Scott of Foscote PC, (born 2 October 1934), is an India-born British judge, who formerly held the office of Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

Early life[edit]

The son of Lieutenant-Colonel C. W. F. and Katharine Scott, Scott was born on 2 October 1934[1] and educated at Michaelhouse School, Natal in South Africa.[2] He then studied at the University of Cape Town, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received a B.A (Law Tripos) in 1957 and a Blue in rugby.[2] He then spent a year as Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago, where he met his future wife, Rima Elisa Ripoll, who is from Panama.

Legal career[edit]

Scott was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1959, becoming a Bencher in 1981. From 1960 to 1983, he practised at the Chancery Bar, and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1975. In 1980, Scott was appointed Attorney-General of the Duchy of Lancaster, a post he held until 1983. He was Vice-Chairman of the Bar from 1981 to 1982, and chairman from 1982 to 1983.[2]

Scott was appointed a judge of the High Court of Justice in 1983,[1] sitting in the Chancery Division, and received the customary knighthood.[3][2] From 1987 to 1991, he held the office of Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster,[4] which has responsibility for overseeing Chancery business in the North of England. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1991,[1] becoming a Lord Justice of Appeal and receiving an appointment to the Privy Council,[2] and serving as Vice-Chancellor, the head of the Chancery Division, from 1994 to 2000,[1][2] and Head of Civil Justice from 1995 to 2000.[2]

On 17 July 2000, he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and created a life peer as Baron Scott of Foscote, of Foscote in the County of Buckinghamshire.[5] He retired from this post on 30 September 2009, and did not transfer along with the other Lords of Appeal of ordinary to the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. The vacancy on the bench his retirement created was filled by Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, previously Master of the Rolls.[6] He sat as a crossbencher until his retirement from the House of Lords on 21 December 2016.[7]

In 2003, he was appointed a non-permanent member of Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal, and while serving there, he is known by his Chinese name (Chinese: 施廣智).[8] He left the court in 2012.[9]

Notable judicial decisions of Lord Scott included:

Scott Inquiry[edit]

In 1992, Scott, while a Lord Justice of Appeal, was appointed to chair an inquiry into the Arms-to-Iraq scandal, in which it was claimed the British government had supported British companies in selling defence equipment to Iraq. The report was published in 1996, although much of it was secret. In 2001, Scott said it was "regrettable and disappointing" the Government had not made changes to the law regulating the arms trade.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Scott has been married to Rima Elisa Ripoll since 1959. They have two sons and two daughters.[2]


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  1. ^ a b c d "Senior Judicial Appointments –". 10 Downing Street. 18 April 2000. Archived from the original on 23 July 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Scott of Foscote". Who's Who (subscription req'd). Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  3. ^ "No. 49665". The London Gazette. 6 March 1984. p. 3253.
  4. ^ "The Rt Hon the Lord Scott of Foscote". Debrett's People of Today. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  5. ^ "No. 55920". The London Gazette. 21 July 2000. p. 8034.
  6. ^ "Justice of the UK Supreme Court –". 10 Downing Street. 20 April 2009. Archived from the original on 23 July 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Lord Scott of Foscote". UK Parliament.
  8. ^ "Senior judicial appointments: Court of Final Appeal and High Court". 2 May 2003. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal - Former Judges - The Right Honourable The Lord SCOTT of Foscote". 23 December 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Who are the Law Lords?". BBC News. 4 October 2004. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Donald Nicholls
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Morritt