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New judge appointed

06/03/2008

Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has appointed Stephen Errol Woolman QC to be a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland.

The First Minister nominated Mr Woolman for appointment on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board.

Mr Woolman (54) is a graduate of Aberdeen University. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987, taking silk in 1998. His appointment fills the vacancy in the Court of Session that arose on the Rt Hon Lord Reed's appointment to the Inner House following the retiral of the Rt Hon Lord Philip.

Mr Woolman is a graduate of Aberdeen University. Between 1978 and 1987 he was a lecturer at Edinburgh University, where for three years he was the Associate Dean of the Law School. In 1987 Mr Woolman was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates. He was standing Junior Counsel for the Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Defence (Procurement) and the Office of Fair Trading. He took silk in 1998.

From 1999 to 2002 Mr Woolman served as an Advocate Depute. In 2004 he was appointed Keeper of the Advocates Library. Mr Woolman is currently chairman of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting, the Bar Mediation Group and the Free Legal Services Unit. He is the author of a book on the Scots law of contract.

The salary of an Outer House judge is £165,900.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was established by Ministers in 2001. The Board is an independent Advisory Body whose role is to recommend for appointment to the office of judge, sheriff principal, sheriff and part-time sheriff. The First Minister retains the statutory responsibility for making nominations to Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making his nomination to Her Majesty.