Jacqueline called to the Bar in 2016, as the Lord Reid Scholar 2015-16, and is a former Deputy Director of Training and Education at the Faculty of Advocates.
She is currently the sole registrar of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) (UTAAC) in Scotland, providing legal and procedural advice to the Upper Tribunal judges and exercising delegated judicial functions in respect of interlocutory and case management issues.
She is also a Legal Member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC), exercising statutory powers to consider alleged miscarriages of justice and whether cases should be referred to the High Court of Justiciary.
Jacqueline has been involved in a variety of matters as counsel, including public law, judicial review and human rights proceedings; contractual disputes; professional liability and disciplinary proceedings; media law; public inquiry; and international law. She has appeared before the sheriff courts, Sheriff Appeal Court, Court of Session (Inner and Outer Houses), and United Kingdom Supreme Court.
She has a particular interest in public law, having previously lectured in constitutional and administrative law and undertaken in-depth studies in international human rights law. She is a standing junior counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland, and a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)'s panel of preferred counsel in Scotland. She has also provided regular pre-publication advice to a national newspaper in Scotland.
Jacqueline has previously gained distinct quasi-judicial experience in both the domestic and international courts. She has assisted both the current Lord President (Lord Carloway) and the current Lord Justice Clerk (Lady Dorrian) in the performance of their judicial functions during two periods working as Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk, acquiring broad experience of the work of the Inner House of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary Appeal Court, and developing a particular understanding of effective appellate advocacy and strength in opinion writing. She has also worked as a Visiting Professional in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, assigned to the President of the Court (Judge Eboe-Osuji), gaining experience of international criminal law, including questions of state immunity, and international administrative law matters.
Jacqueline is a contributing editor of The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia with responsibility for the Criminal Law, Public International Law and Human Rights reissue volumes, reflecting her broad research interests and experience in public and criminal law.
She is a board member of The Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland, a council member of The Stair Society, and a past council member of The WS Society. She previously qualified and practised as a litigation solicitor in Edinburgh.