Members of the Independent Review Group:
Lord McCluskey (Chair)
John Herbert McCluskey, Baron McCluskey was Solicitor General for Scotland from 1974 to 1979. During this period he worked on the then Labour government's proposals for devolution. Lord McCluskey became a member of the Judiciary in 1984 and presided for 16 years as a High Court judge over some of the country's most famous criminal cases. He retired in 2000.
Sir Gerald Gordon
Sir Gerald Gordon CBE QC FRSE, is the editor of Scottish Criminal Case Reports and of Renton and Brown's Criminal Procedure, and author of The Criminal Law of Scotland. Sir Gerald was a Sheriff from 1976 to 1999 and a Temporary Judge at the High Court until June 2004. He was Professor of Scots law at Edinburgh University from 1972 to 1976 and Head of Department of Criminal law and Criminology there from 1965 to 1972. He practised as an Advocate from 1953 to 1959 and was Procurator Fiscal Depute from 1960 to 1965. Sir Gerald was a Member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) from its inception in 1999 until 2009.
Sheriff Charles N Stoddart is the author and co-author of a number of key publications on the law of Scotland. He was the first director of Judicial Studies for the Judicial Studies Committee for Scotland (which provides training and professional development support for the Scottish judiciary - Court of Session, High Court and Sheriff Courts), a post he took up on a full-time basis in August 1998. He was a well-respected sheriff and recently acted as an interim sheriff principal.
Professor Neil Walker
Neil Walker - LLB, PhD, LLD (Honoris Causa) (Uppsala), FRSE - is Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh His main area of expertise is constitutional theory. He has published extensively on the constitutional dimension of legal order at sub-state, state, supranational and international levels. Previously he taught public law at Edinburgh for ten years (1986-96), was Professor of Legal and Constitutional Theory at the University of Aberdeen (1996-2000), and, most recently, was Professor of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence (2000-8), where he was also the first Dean of Studies (2002-5). In December 2008 Professor Walker was asked by the Scottish Government to conduct an independent review of final appellate jurisdiction in the Scottish legal system.