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Two new women judges for Court of Session

18 December 2013

Scotland is to have two more women judges, with the appointment of Sheriff Rita Emilia Anna Rae QC and Mrs Sarah Poyntell LaBudde Wolffe QC as Senators of the College of Justice.

Sheriff Rae was admitted as a solicitor in 1974 and was a partner at Ross Harper & Murphy from 1977 until 1981. She became an advocate in 1982 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1992, a sheriff at Glasgow in 1997 and a temporary judge at the Court of Session in 2004. She was a member of the Parole Board fod Scotland from 2001 until 2007 and of the Sentencing Commission for Scotland from 2003 until 2006.

USA-born, Mrs Wolffe qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and called to the bar in 1994, practising mainly in commercial and public law. Since 2007 she has been an ad hoc advocate depute. She was appointed QC in 2008. She was a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Faculty of Advocates from 2005 from 2008 and has been a member of the Police Appeals Tribunal since 2013. She is married to the current Vice Dean of Faculty, James Wolffe QC.

The Queen made the appointments on the nomination of First Minister Alex Salmond, on the basis of a report by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

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