Appointment of new judges


Her Majesty The Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister Rt Hon Jack McConnell MSP, has appointed five new Senators of the College of Justice who will take up office shortly.

Three of the new appointees will replace judges who will retire by the beginning of April 2005 and a fourth will fill the vacancy created by Lord Bonomy's appointment to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The fifth appointee will fill an additional post taking the total number of judges to a record number of 34.

Jack McConnell said:

"Since devolution five years ago, the Executive has invested heavily in giving the courts and the prosecution service the extra resources they need. New investment has been allied to reform to step up the efficiency and effectiveness of vital justice services.

"There has also been an increase of 7 permanent High Court judges, which has risen from 27 in 1999. These are increases that reflect the growing workload in dealing with the most serious legal cases."

The five are:

Leeona J Dorrian QC,

Angus J S Glennie QC,

Patrick S Hodge QC,

Iain D Macphail QC and

Alexander F Wylie QC.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was asked to consider applications and make recommendations to the First Minister to fill vacancies in the Court of Session. The First Minister accepted the Board's recommendations and as provided for in statute, consulted the Lord President, Scotland's most senior judge, before making his nominations to Her Majesty.

The appointment of Leeona Dorrian will bring the number of female judges to four, Lady Cosgrove having been appointed in 1996, followed by Lady Paton in 2000 and Lady Smith in 2001. The new judges will take up their appointment shortly.


Miss Dorrian (47) was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 and took silk in 1994. As an advocate she was Standing Junior Counsel first to the Health & Safety Executive and Commission and later the Department of Energy and, from 1988 to 1991, was an Advocate Depute.

Since 1994 she has been involved in advocacy skills training in Scotland, Canada and elsewhere and from 1995-1998 was Chairman of the Advocates Criminal Law Group, having formerly served as Secretary and Vice Chairman.

Miss Dorrian is a member of the panel of chairmen of the Disciplinary Appeal Tribunal of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Scotland, and a member of the UK Board of the Franco British Lawyers Society. In 2002 she was appointed Assessor for the Scottish Executive for compensation for miscarriage of justice and in 2004 was similarly appointed Assessor for the Northern Ireland Office.

She has served as a temporary judge since 2002.

Mr Glennie (54) was called to the English Bar in 1974 and after a pupillage in criminal and common law, joined chambers working mainly in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in London, and in commercial and international arbitration. He took silk there in 1991.

He appeared in a number of cases in the House of Lords and Privy Council and is a member of the Gibraltar Bar having appeared several times in the courts there.

Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1992, he took silk in 1998. Mr Glennie is instructed in a wide range of matters, mainly commercial, but also other areas such as judicial review and reparation.

Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1983, Mr Hodge (51) took silk in 1996. Prior to becoming an advocate he was a civil servant and on becoming junior counsel he was involved in a wide range of work involving mainly civil practice.

Between 1989 and 1996 he was Standing Junior Counsel, first to the Department of Energy in Scotland and then to the Inland Revenue in Scotland. As a QC his work has been mainly in commercial law, judicial review and property law.

From 1997 to 2003 he was part-time Commissioner with the Scottish Law Commission where his principal responsibilities were preparing and writing a report on the reform of partnership law, involvement in writing reports on shareholder remedies and directors' duties, and commenting on law reform work.

Since 2000 he has been part-time Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey.

Iain Macphail (66) was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1963 and took silk in 1990. From 1968 to 1972 he was lecturer in evidence and procedure, first at the University of Strathclyde then at the University of Edinburgh.

He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Home and Health Department and the Department of Health and Social Security before being appointed Sheriff of Glasgow in 1973. In 1981 he transferred to be Sheriff at Alloa moving to Linlithgow in 1982.

In the year 1987-1988 he wrote the book "Sheriff Court Practice" a standard work on civil procedure in the sheriff court. He returned to the bench in 1988 as Sheriff at Edinburgh and was a Commissioner with the Scottish Law Commission from 1990 to 1994.

He was the Arthur Goodhart Professor in Legal Science at Cambridge University for the academic year 2001-2002 and was appointed Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders following his return to Edinburgh. He is currently Chairman of the Sheriff Court Rules Council.

Mr Wylie (53) was admitted Solicitor in 1976 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1978, taking silk in 1991. As an advocate he has been mainly involved in civil litigation, was Standing Junior Counsel to the Accountant of Court from 1986 to 1989 and was an Advocate Depute from 1989 to 1992.

He served as a member (latterly as Deputy Chairman) of the Scottish Legal Aid Board from 1994 to 2002. Since 1994 he has been a part-time Chairman of the Discipline Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and in 2001 was appointed part-time Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Wylie has served as a temporary sheriff and was appointed part-time sheriff in 2000. In 2004 he was appointed as a Board member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.