Lord of Session (Scotland)

A Senator (Judge) of the College of Justice in Scotland is known as a Lord of Session.

On taking his seat on the Bench he is given a judicial title by which he is known whilst in Office and on retirement.

Most Lords of Session continue to use their surname as their judicial title, but a territorial designation may be adopted in lieu of the surname if approved by the Lord Lyon.

The first woman to be appointed a Lord of Session, Lady Cosgrove, was installed in 1996.  She is addressed in court as Lady Cosgrove or 'my Lady', otherwise as for a male Lord of Session.

How to Address a Lord of Session

The recommended social form of address is:

Beginning of letter Dear Lord Cameron
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Hon Lord Cameron
If a Privy Counsellor The Rt Hon Lord Cameron
Verbal communication Lord Cameron
Signature (if not a peer) Christian name (or initials) and surname

Forms of Address for female Lords of Session

 
Beginning of letter Dear Lady Cameron
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Hon lady Cameron
If a Privy Counsellor The Rt Hon Lady Cameron
Verbal communication Lady Cameron
Signature (if not a peer) Christian name (or initials) and surname

Since 1990 it has been possible to appoint temporary judges to sit in the Court of Session, but they receive no judicial title and would be referred to and addressed simply as 'Judge Smith'.

Wife or Widow of a Lord of Session

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

 

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