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New judges appointed

05/11/2008

Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has appointed Mr Paul Cullen QC, Mrs Valerie Stacey QC, and Sheriff Iain Peebles QC to be Senators of the College of Justice in Scotland.

The First Minister nominated Mr Cullen, Mrs Stacey and Sheriff Peebles for appointment on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board.

Mr Cullen (51) is a graduate of Edinburgh University. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1982, taking silk in 1995. His appointment fills the vacancy in the Court of Session that arose after the death of Lord MacFadyen in April this year.

Mrs Stacey (54) is also a graduate of Edinburgh University. She was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987, taking silk in 1999. Her appointment fills the vacancy in the Court of Session that will arise after the retirement of Lord McEwan in December this year

Sheriff Peebles (54) is a graduate of Strathclyde University. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1979, taking silk in 1993. His appointment fills the vacancy in the Court of Session that arose after the death of Lord Johnston in June this year.

Mr Cullen (51) is a graduate of Edinburgh University. Between 1982 and 1986 he was a part-time tutor at Edinburgh University Law Faculty, tutoring in conveyancing, property, succession and mercantile law. He was an Advocate Depute, prosecuting in the High Court, between 1992 and 1995. From 1995 to 1997 he was the Solicitor General for Scotland which, with the Lord Advocate carried responsibility for the prosecution service in Scotland and for the provision of definitive legal advice on Scots Law to the UK Government. Mr Cullen returned to practice at the Scottish Bar in 1997 to date. He is also the Chairman of the Police Appeal Tribunal and the Appeal Committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Mrs Stacey (54) is also a graduate of Edinburgh University. She was a temporary sheriff between 1997 and 1999 and from 1987 to date she sits on a panel to decide contractual disputes within the NHS. Mrs Stacey was a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland from 2005 until 2007. Currently she is Senior Counsel with the Faculty of Advocates, and has been vetted to appear in certain cases, which carries the title of Special Advocate.

Sheriff Peebles (54) is a graduate of Strathclyde University. He was appointed as a Temporary Sheriff in 1991, and was then appointed as a sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin in 1995. Since 1999 he has been a Commercial Sheriff. Since 2003 he has been a Temporary High Court Judge. He was a member of the Sheriff Courts Rules Council from 2001 to 2007. He is the Joint Chairman of the Information Technology Committee of the Sheriff and Court of Session Rules Council. He is a member of the Judicial Studies Sub Committee preparing and revising the Jury Manual.

The salary of an Outer House judge is £170,200.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was established by Ministers in 2002. 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.