Publication - Independent report

Appointment of Queen's Counsel in Scotland 2021

Published: 8 Sep 2021
Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans
Justice Directorate
Part of:
Law and order

A report by Bill Thomson, an independent observer that has been engaged by the Scottish Government to report on the fairness and objectivity of the process for the Appointment of Queen's Counsel in Scotland.

Appointment of Queen's Counsel in Scotland 2021
The process

The process

The history and mechanics of the appointment process and the criteria against which assessment is made are set out in the Guide for Applicants, last revised in March 2021. The Guide is available from the Judiciary of Scotland website at Applications can only be made by advocates and solicitor advocates. Nominations for appointment are made to the First Minister by the Lord President and Lord Justice General, the Right Hon Lord Carloway.