Solicitor General for Scotland


Her Majesty's Solicitor General for Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Àrd-neach-lagha a' Chrùin an Alba) is one of the Law Officers of the Crown, and the deputy of the Lord Advocate, whose duty is to advise the Scottish Government on Scots Law. They are also responsible for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service which together constitute the Criminal Prosecution Service in Scotland.

Solicitor General for Scotland
Scottish Gaelic: Àrd-neach-lagha a' Chrùin an Alba
Incumbent
Ruth Charteris QC

since 22 June 2021
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
AppointerMonarch on the advice of the First Minister
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Until 1999, when the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Executive were created, the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General for Scotland advised Her Majesty's Government. Since their transfer to the Scottish Government, the British Government has been advised on Scots Law by the Advocate General for Scotland.

The current Solicitor General is Ruth Charteris QC, who is the deputy to the Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain QC since June 2021. This is the first time in history both offices have been filled by two women.

List of Solicitors General for Scotland


List from 1696. Until 1764, the office was at times held jointly.

Pre-Union

  • 1696–1700: Sir Patrick Hume
  • 1701–1706: Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes
  • 1701–1709: William Carmichael

Post-Union

* = served later as Lord Advocate

Sources


  • Most of the above list is taken from Haydn's Book of Dignities, 12th edition (1894, reprinted 1969) and from Oxford Companion to Law, Clarendon Press, 1980.

References


  1. "No. 11770". The Edinburgh Gazette. 20 October 1905. p. 1001.
  2. "No. 11787". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 December 1905. p. 1313.
  3. "No. 12118". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 February 1909. p. 173.
  4. "No. 12242". The Edinburgh Gazette. 26 April 1910. p. 444.
  5. "No. 12414". The Edinburgh Gazette. 8 December 1911. p. 1293.
  6. "No. 12613". The Edinburgh Gazette. 4 November 1913. p. 1143.
  7. "No. 13583". The Edinburgh Gazette. 2 April 1920. p. 1008.
  8. "No. 13797". The Edinburgh Gazette. 21 March 1922. p. 511.
  9. "No. 32728". The London Gazette. 11 July 1922. p. 5193.
  10. "No. 13867". The Edinburgh Gazette. 17 November 1922. p. 1779.
  11. "No. 13909". The Edinburgh Gazette. 13 April 1923. p. 579.
  12. "No. 14000". The Edinburgh Gazette. 26 February 1924. pp. 291–292.
  13. "No. 14076". The Edinburgh Gazette. 18 November 1924. p. 1439.
  14. "No. 14193". The Edinburgh Gazette. 1 January 1926. p. 1.
  15. "No. 33492". The London Gazette. 7 May 1929. p. 3007.
  16. "No. 14558". The Edinburgh Gazette. 21 June 1929. p. 650.
  17. "No. 14809". The Edinburgh Gazette. 17 November 1931. p. 1226.
  18. "No. 15005". The Edinburgh Gazette. 3 October 1933. p. 809.
  19. "No. 15174". The Edinburgh Gazette. 17 May 1935. p. 424.
  20. "No. 15231". The Edinburgh Gazette. 3 December 1935. p. 1021.
  21. "No. 34301". The London Gazette. 3 July 1936. p. 4225.
  22. "No. 15820". The Edinburgh Gazette. 13 June 1941. p. 305.
  23. "No. 16266". The Edinburgh Gazette. 21 September 1945. p. 323.
  24. "No. 16424". The Edinburgh Gazette. 28 March 1947. p. 123.
  25. "No. 16486". The Edinburgh Gazette. 31 October 1947. p. 453.
  26. "No. 16906". The Edinburgh Gazette. 9 November 1951. p. 565.
  27. "No. 17251". The Edinburgh Gazette. 14 January 1955. p. 19.
  28. "No. 17822". The Edinburgh Gazette. 17 May 1960. p. 295.
  29. "No. 18240". The Edinburgh Gazette. 28 April 1964. p. 271.
  30. "No. 18292". The Edinburgh Gazette. 23 October 1964. p. 671.
  31. "No. 18398". The Edinburgh Gazette. 29 October 1965. p. 713.
  32. "No. 18612". The Edinburgh Gazette. 7 November 1967. p. 887.
  33. "No. 18892". The Edinburgh Gazette. 30 June 1970. p. 567.
  34. "No. 19151". The Edinburgh Gazette. 7 November 1972. p. 993.
  35. "No. 46248". The London Gazette. 26 March 1974. p. 3898.
  36. "No. 20497". The Edinburgh Gazette. 25 May 1979. p. 559.
  37. "First minister Alex Salmond unveils enlarged cabinet". BBC News. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  38. "Holyrood approves James Wolffe and Alison Di Rollo as top legal officers". The Scotsman. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.