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Leading lawyers appointed to justice review committee

12 January 2009

The current and a former President of the Law Society of Scotland have been appointed members of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council’s (AJTC) Scottish Committee.

Richard Henderson, the current President, took up his appointment on 5 January, along with former President Michael Scanlan. Professor Andrew Coyle starts an appointment to both the full council and the Scottish Committee in September of this year.

The AJTC is an independent, advisory non-departmental public body. Its function is to review the administrative justice system as a whole, with an aim to making it accessible, fair and efficient.

Mr Henderson is currently President of the Law Society of Scotland and has previously or currently been involved in a number of committees such as the Joint Standing Committee on Legal Education in Scotland. Until 2007, he was the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.

Mr Scanlan is a practising solicitor who is currently vice president of the Scottish Law Agents Society. He has held a number of public appointments, including as temporary sheriff with the Scottish Courts Service and member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Professor Coyle has been a member of the Foreign Secretary's Expert Panel against Torture since 2002 and a member of the National Advisory Body on Offender Management since 2006. A former prison governor, he now holds a professorial chair at Kings College, University of London. He is currently a member of the three-person panel appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to undertake a public inquiry into the murder of Billy Wright.

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