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Lord Caplan dies

11 November 2008

The former Court of Session and High Court judge Lord Caplan has died after a long illness at the age of 79.

Philip Isaac Caplan, who was also one of the most prominent Jewish members of Scotland's judiciary, retired from the bench in 2000. He was the judge who heard the proof and legal arguments at first instance in the litigation following the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster, which took three and a half years in court and resulted in an opinion over 1,450 pages long.

Lord Caplan studied law at Glasgow University and worked as a solicitor between 1952 and 1956, was called to the bar in 1957, and took silk in 1970. He was appointed a sheriff and then Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde before being promoted to the supreme court bench.

He is survived by his second wife Joyce, two sons and two daughters.

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