Lord Matthews has been appointed to the Second Division of the Court of Session, effective from 1 August 2021.

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, and the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, recommended the appointment to allow Court business to continue to be dealt with efficiently and effectively.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Keith Brown MSP, consented to the appointment, being satisfied that it is required to meet the business demands of the Court.

Lord Matthews was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2007, having served as a temporary judge since February 2004.

He graduated from the University of Glasgow LL.B (Hons), and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in July 1979. He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and practised at the Bar until his appointment as a sheriff in January 1997. 

He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Employment in Scotland from June 1984 until March 1988, and served as an advocate depute from April 1988 until January 1993.

We found out more about Lord Matthews’ life in the law and beyond last year when he took part in the Hey Legal Quiz. Watch as he answers 20 questions with Edith Forrest, Advocate in one of our most popular episodes.

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