New judicial members appointed

Jul 03, 2019

Two new judicial members, The Right Hon. Lady Carmichael and Sheriff George Way, have been appointed to the Scottish Civil Justice Council. 

Their appointments follow a membership review, which was carried out after the tenure period for judicial members expired in May 2019. 

Following the review, the Chair of the Council, the Lord President, Lord Carloway, has decided to make the new appointments. 

Lord Carloway said: “I would like to welcome Lady Carmichael and Sheriff Way to the Council. Their knowledge and experience will be a welcome addition to the work of the Council.” 

Lady Carmichael and Sheriff Way will take up their three-year posts on 1 July 2019. 

The Scottish Civil Justice Council is responsible for preparing draft rules of procedure for the civil courts and advising the Lord President on the development of the civil justice system in Scotland.  


The Right Hon. Lady Carmichael 

Lady Carmichael was appointed as a Senator of the College of Justice in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and called to the Bar in 1993, taking silk in 2008. In practice, she specialised in public and administrative law. She served as standing Junior Counsel to the Home Department between 2000 and 2008. She acted as counsel to the Fingerprint Inquiry Scotland.  She was appointed as a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland in 2005; a part-time sheriff in 2007; and a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) in 2014. 

Sheriff George Way 

Sheriff Way has been a civil law practitioner since 1978 and served on the Sheriff Court Rules Council from 2006-2009. He has been a Sheriff in Dundee Sheriff Court for ten years and case manages all Permanence and Adoption processes. 


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