Lord Cooper

Lord President of the Court of Session

The Lord President of the Court of Session is head of the judiciary in Scotland, and presiding judge (and Senator) of the College of Justice and Court of Session, as well as being Lord Justice General of Scotland and head of the High Court of Justiciary, the offices having been combined in 1836.

The office of Lord Justice General is derived from the justiciars who were appointed from the twelfth century (or even earlier). From around 1567 it was held heritably by the Earl of Argyll until the heritability was resigned to the Crown in 1607. Scotstarvet lists it as a Great Officer of State in his famous treatise of 1754.

The current Lord President, Lord Hamilton, was sworn in on 2 December 2005.

Their deputy is the Lord Justice Clerk.

Office Holders


(called Lord Chief Justices by Scot of Scotstarvet).

Lord Justice-General

(list may be incomplete)

The office was combined with that of Lord President on the death of the Duke of Montrose in 1836.

Lord President


See also


  • The Staggering State of the Scots' Statesmen, by Sir John Scot of Scotstarvet, Director of Chancery, Edinburgh, 1754, pps: 181-3.

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