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Three new Court of Session judges

5 November 2008

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

The appointments follow a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and a recommendation of the First Minister.

Mr Cullen (51) is a graduate of Edinburgh University. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1982, taking silk in 1995. From 1995 to 1997 he was Solicitor General for Scotland. He is also the chairman of the Police Appeal Tribunal and the appeal committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. His appointment fills the vacancy caused by the death of Lord Macfadyen in April 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. He was appointed as a temporary sheriff in 1991, and a full time sheriff in 1995. He has been a commercial sheriff since 1999 and a temporary High Court judge since 2003. He was a member of the Sheriff Courts Rules Council from 2001 to 2007, and is joint chairman of the IT committee of the Sheriff and Court of Session Rules Council. His appointment fills the vacancy arising from the death of Lord Johnston in June 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, and was Vice Dean from 2004 to 2007. She was a temporary sheriff between 1997 and 1999 and a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland from 2005 until 2007. She has been vetted to appear in certain cases which carries the title of special advocate. Her appointment fills the vacancy that will arise after the retirement of Lord McEwan in December this year



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