Lord Advocate

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland Frank Mulholland QC

Mr Mulholland graduated from Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities achieving his LLB [Hons] in 1981 and his MBA in 1997. He joined the fiscal service as a depute in Greenock in 1984. He went on to work as a depute in Glasgow and Edinburgh, before taking up posts in the Crown Office, first in the High Court unit and then in Appeals.

In 1997 he became the first Advocate Depute to be appointed from within the Procurator Fiscal Service. As an Advocate Depute he prosecuted a series of high profile and significant cases.

In October 1999 he returned to the fiscal service as Assistant Procurator Fiscal at Edinburgh, and was appointed District Procurator Fiscal at Edinburgh in 2001. During his time in Edinburgh Frank was responsible for overseeing the case against a number of Algerian persons charged with terrorist offences.

He returned to the ranks of Crown Counsel in 2003, as the first serving member of the Procurator Fiscal Service to be appointed Senior Advocate Depute. As Senior Advocate Depute he prosecuted HMA v Transco [Larkhall gas explosion in 1999] and represented the Crown in the appeal by Campbell and Steele.

He was appointed Area Procurator Fiscal for Lothian and Borders in January 2006. As Area Procurator Fiscal for Lothian and Borders he supervised the case against Angus Sinclair [Worlds End murders], the Allison and Johnson murder enquiry [in to the conduct of the investigation into the murder of Andrew Forsyth], and was in charge of Advocacy training for the prosecution service.

Mr Mulholland is married with one child.

Short CV
  • Procurator Fiscal Service 1984-1997 (Greenock, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Crown Officer High Court Unit, Crown Office Appeals Unit)
  • Advocate Depute 1997-99
  • Assistant Procurator Fiscal & District Procurator Fiscal (Edinburgh) 1999-2002
  • Senior Advocate Depute 2002-2006
  • Area Procurator Fiscal (Edinburgh & Lothian) 2006-07
  • Appointed Solicitor General on 30 May 2007
  • Appointed Lord Advocate in May 2011

Lord Advocate

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland

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