Commenting on the announcement that Lord Carloway is to be Scotland’s new Lord President, Christine McLintock, President of the Law Society of Scotland said:

 “I warmly congratulate Lord Carloway on his appointment.  As one of our most senior and respected judges, and with a wealth of experience across both criminal and civil law, he has already made a substantial contribution to justice and the rule of law here in Scotland.  I have every confidence he will make an even greater contribution as our Lord President.

 “Lord Carloway assumes this role at a critical time for Scotland’s justice system, with major reforms to improve the efficiency of our courts but also pressures from reductions in public spending.  We are also seeing a transformation in the legal services market, with new business models, changing expectations from clients and a greater internationalism amongst legal firms.  Against this backdrop of change, we look forward to working with Lord Carloway, building on the excellent relationship we have enjoyed with him as Lord Justice Clerk.”

ENDS                                                                          18 December 2015

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Sarah Sutton or Val McEwan