Public appointment: Member appointed to the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland

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The Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs today announced the appointment of Denise Loney as a temporary Legal Member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.


Denise Loney has been a solicitor in private practice, working in the fields of commercial litigation and debt recovery, for over 30 years. Ms Loney has previously held appointments at both the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission so understands and has experience of the Ethical Standards required for serving on public bodies.


This appointment will be for six months and will run from 7 June 2023 to 7 December 2023 or until the absent member returns to the Board.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £296 per day for a time commitment of up to 20 days during this appointment period.

Other ministerial appointments

Denise Loney does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.   

Denise Loney has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Board became an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) on the 1st June 2009 under the provisions of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008.

The Board's responsibilities under the Act are that:

a) selection of an individual to be recommended for appointment must be solely on merit;

b) the Board may select an individual only if it is satisfied that the individual is of good character; and

c) in carrying out its functions, the Board must have regard to the need to encourage diversity in the range of individuals available for selection to be recommended for appointment to a judicial office. This is subject to the provisions a) and b) above.

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