Lord Justice-General and Lord President of the Court of Session (Scotland)

These Offices have been combined since 1836. The Lord Justice-General is Head of the Judiciary in Scotland, and Presiding Judge (and Senator) of the College of Justice and Court of Session. He is a Great Officer of State. On taking his seat on the Bench he receives a Judicial title, but is always described by his Office. He is invariably a Privy Counsellor.

The modern Scottish Judiciary consists of the Lord Justice-General, the Lord Justice-Clerk, and the remaining thirty Lords Commissioners of Justiciary.

How to Address the Lord Justice-General

The recommended social form of address is:

Beginning of letter Dear Lord Justice-General
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Rt Hon the Lord Justice-General
Verbal communication Lord Justice-General

On retirement from Office he is known by his Judicial title, with the prefix 'The Rt Hon'.

Wife or Widow of a Lord Justice-General

A wife or widow of a Lord Justice-General is addressed by her husband's Judicial title, preceded by 'Lady' (not 'The Lady').

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