Appointment of Queen's Counsel in Scotland 2021

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.

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.



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