Ruth Charteris QC was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in June 2021.
The Solicitor General is a Scottish Law Officer. The Solicitor General supports the Lord Advocate in the exercise of the Lord Advocate’s functions, and may exercise, as required, their statutory and common law powers.
Ruth has extensive experience in civil and criminal law. She qualified at the University of Glasgow and came to the Bar on completion of her post as Legal Assistant to the Lord President. She held the role of Standing Junior to the Scottish Government from 2012 and Second Standing Junior to the Scottish Government from 2016 to 2020. Ruth was also an ad hoc Advocate Depute with the Crown Office from 2010 to 2016 and took up a full-time commission last year before her appointment as Solicitor General.