Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk

13 Apr


The Rt Hon Lady Dorrian has been appointed Lord Justice Clerk, replacing the Rt Hon Lord Carloway following his elevation to the post of Lord President. It is the first time a woman has held either of the two senior judicial titles in Scotland.

Leeona Dorrian, a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, was admitted to Faculty in 1981. She served as Advocate Depute – the first woman to hold the position – between 1988 and 1991, and took Silk in 1994.

She was elevated to the Bench in 2005, after serving three years as a temporary judge, and was appointed to the Inner House in 2012.

James Wolffe, QC, Dean of Faculty, said: “I am very pleased indeed to congratulate Lady Dorrian on her appointment as Lord Justice Clerk. Her broad experience, as an advocate and as a judge, equip her to serve Scotland well in this office at this time – when the legal system must continue to deliver justice while responding effectively to technological and social change.” 

Lady Dorrian will take up her appointment as Lord Justice Clerk on 26 April, the day of her installation.

The announcement is at