Ailsa Carmichael, Lady Carmichael
|Senator of the College of Justice|
|Assumed office |
30 June 2016
|Nominated by||Nicola Sturgeon|
As First Minister
Ailsa Jane Carmichael
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
Carmichael was born in 1969. She was educated at the University of Glasgow, where she graduated in 1990 with an LLB (hons) (Upper Second Class specialising in Comparative Law). After receiving her Diploma in Legal Practice in 1991, she undertook a bar traineeship with Simpson & Marwick in Edinburgh after which she was admitted as an advocate in 1993, and devilled for sheriff J.A. Baird and for S.J. MacGibbon. From 2000 to 2008 she was standing junior counsel to the Home Office in Scotland, appearing in many judicial reviews and statutory appeals relating to immigration and asylum. She was junior counsel to the Fingerprint Inquiry, which investigated the use of fingerprint evidence in the case of Detective Constable Shirley McKie.
She took silk in 2008.
On 11 May 2016, it was announced that Carmichael would be one of five new judges appointed to the College of Justice, the others being John Beckett, Alistair Clark, Frank Mulholland, and Andrew Stewart. Mulholland's appointment was not due to take effect until later in 2016, after the retirement of another judge. The other four appointees were to fill existing vacancies. Beckett, Clark and Stewart were all installed in May, however Carmichael's installation came a month later, on 30 June 2016. She took the judicial title Lady Carmichael.
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