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Judges named for Lockerbie appeal

17/01/2002

The Lord Justice General, Lord Cullen has appointed the five judges to hear the appeal of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.

The appeal is expected to begin at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands at Camp Van Zeist near Utrecht on Wednesday, January 23.

Megrahi was found guilty last January of the murder of 270 people by placing a bomb on board Pan Am Flight 103 which was en route to New York when it blew up over Lockerbie in December 1988. His co-accused Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah was acquitted.

The judges who will hear the appeal will be:

The Rt. Hon. Lord Cullen, Lord Justice General

The Rt. Hon. Lord Kirkwood

The Rt. Hon. Lord Osborne

The Hon. Lord Macfadyen

The Hon. Lord Nimmo Smith.

The appointment is made under paragraph 14(3) of the High Court of Justiciary (Proceedings in the Netherlands) (United Nations) Order 1998 as amended by the High Court of Justiciary (Proceedings in the Netherlands) (United Nations) (Variation) Order 2001.

Rt. Hon. Lord Cullen, 66

  • William Douglas Cullen PC, Lord Justice General, was appointed Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session in 2001 . He was Lord Justice Clerk from 1997 until 2001.
  • He has been a Judge since 1986 and a Privy Counsellor since 1997.
  • He is a graduate of the Universities of St Andrews (MA) and Edinburgh (LLB) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1960.
  • From 1970 to 1973 he was Standing Junior Counsel to HM Customs and Excise.
  • He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1973 and served as an Advocate Depute from 1978 to 1981.
  • He was a Chairman of Medical Appeal Tribunals from 1977 until his appointment as a Judge.
  • From 1988 to 1990 he conducted the Public Inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster and in 1996 he chaired the Public Inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School.
  • In October 1999 he was appointed to chair the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry.
  • He is a former member of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

He has been awarded honorary degrees of LLD from the Universities of Aberdeen and St Andrews, and DUniv from Heriot-Watt University.

Rt. Hon. Lord Kirkwood, 69

  • Ian Candlish Kirkwood PC, is a graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh (MA LLB) and Michigan, (LLM).
  • He became a judge in 1987 and he sits in the Second Division of the Inner House.
  • He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1957 and was Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Home and Health Department in 1963.
  • He served on the Parole Board for Scotland from 1994 to 1997 and prior to his appointment as a Judge he was a Chairman of Medical Appeal Tribunals.

He is a former international chess player and the patron of Edinburgh Chess Club.

Hon. Lord Macfadyen, 56

  • Donald James Dobbie Macfadyen, was appointed a Judge in 1995 after serving for a year as a Temporary Judge.
  • He spends most of his time in the specialist court for commercial actions.
  • He is a graduate of Glasgow University (LLB) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1969.
  • He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland (1977-79) and to the Scottish Home and Health Department (1982-83).
  • He served as an Advocate Depute from 1979-82 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1983.
  • He was Counsel to the Inquiry into the Removal of Children from Orkney which sat from July 1991 to March 1992.
  • He served as a Chairman of Medical Appeal Tribunals from 1989 to 1995.
  • He was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Advocates from 1992 to 1995.

Rt. Hon. Lord Osborne, 64

  • Kenneth Hilton Osborne PC, has been a Judge since 1990.
  • He is a graduate of Edinburgh University (MA, LLB) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1962.
  • He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Ministry of Defence (Navy) from 1974 to 1976.
  • He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1976 and served as an Advocate Depute from 1982 to 1984. He served on VAT Tribunals, Medical Appeal Tribunals and the Disciplinary Committee of the Potato Marketing Board.
  • He was a member of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland from 1985 to 1987 and he has been Chairman of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland since 1990.

Hon. Lord Nimmo Smith, 59

  • William Austin Nimmo Smith, was appointed a Judge in 1996 after a year as a Temporary Judge.
  • He is the Insolvency Judge in Scotland and hears proceedings for the winding up of companies, and related matters, in the Outer House.
  • He is also one of the Scottish Intellectual Property Judges.
  • He is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford (BA, Balliol College) and Edinburgh (LLB) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1969.
  • He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Employment from 1977 until he was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982. He served as an Advocate Depute from 1983 to 1986.
  • He was a Chairman of Medical Appeal Tribunals and Vaccine Damage Tribunals from 1986 to 1991, and a part-time member of the Scottish Law Commission from 1988 to 1996.
  • He was a joint author of the Report on an Inquiry into an Allegation of a Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice in Scotland (1993), and the author of the Report of the Monklands Inquiry (1995).
  • He is Chairman of the Council of the Cockburn Association.