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Judicial Appointments Board new members
Two new lay members have been appointed to the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.
Professor Andrew Coyle will replace Barbara Duffner. Professor Coyle's appointment is for three years from 5 January. He has an extensive background in the prison system and is currently a Professor of Prison Studies at the International Centre for Prison Studies based at the University of London. He has also recently been appointed a member of the Administrative Justice and Tribunal Council.
Reverend John Miller, who will serve a three year term from 1 March 2009, has been appointed to replace Professor Alan Paterson. He has spent the majority of his career in Castlemilk East Church, Glasgow where he has lived and worked for 36 years. He has most recently been on a short term placement at St Columba's Presbyterian Church, Zimbabwe.
These new appointees replace members who have retired. The composition of the board, five legal and five lay persons, remains unchanged.
Both appointments are part-time and carry a commitment of around 20-30 days a year.