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Appointment of Senators to the College of Justice

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Appointment of Senators to the College of Justice


18 December 2013

On 4 December 2013 Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has appointed Mrs Sarah Poyntell LaBudde Wolffe QC as Senator of the College of Justice. First Minister Alex Salmond nominated Sheriff Rae and Mrs Wolffe for appointment on the basis of a report by th e independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Mrs Sarah P.L. Wolffe QC qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and worked at the Bank of Scotland legal department from 1992 to 1993. She called to the bar in 1994 and until 2008 practised as a junior counsel, mainly in commercial and public law. From 1996 until 2008 she was also standing junior counsel to the Department of Trade and Industry and its successor departments. Since 2007 she has been an ad hoc advocate depute. She was appointed QC in 2008. As senior counsel she has practised mainly in commercial and public law. She was a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Faculty of Advocates 2005-2008 and has been a member of the Police Appeals Tribunal since 2013. Mrs Wolffe emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1987. She is married and has two sons.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was established by Ministers in 2002 and it became an independent advisory non-departmental public body on June 1, 2009. The Board has statutory responsibilities under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. The Board's role is to recommend for appointment to the office of judge, sheriff principal, sheriff and part-time sheriff. The First Minister retains the statutory responsibility for making nominations to Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making his nomination to Her Majesty.

We at Axiom Advocates congratulate Sarah Wolffe QC on her appointment as a Senator of the College of Justice and wish her well in her new role.