Lord Gill becomes Scotland’s most senior judge
Lord Gill has been appointed as Scotland's most senior judge, the Scottish Government announced today.
He is the first Catholic to hold the role and will replace Lord Hamilton, who retires next week.
First Minister Alex Salmond described Lord Gill as a man of ‘great stature and integrity,’ who had the ability to improve the justice system.
Lord Gill (above with Cardinal Keith O’Brien) was nominated for Lord President by Mr Salmond, following recommendations by a selection panel, and confirmed in the job by the Queen.
He is Scotland’s longest serving judge and taught law at Edinburgh University before joining the faculty of advocates in 1967 and becoming a QC in 1981.
After serving as a lawyer to the UK government, he was appointed as a judge in 1994, before taking up the role of Lord Justice Clerk in 2001.
“I warmly welcome the appointment of Lord Gill as Scotland’s new lord president,” Mr Salmond said. “His commitment to reform and modernisation is clear and under his leadership I am confident there will be substantial improvements to the justice system.”
Pic: Paul McSherry