Stephen Woolman, Lord Woolman

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The Honourable
Lord Woolman
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (Scotland).svg
Senator of the College of Justice
Assumed office
2008
Nominated by Alex Salmond
As First Minister
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Preceded by Lord Philip
Personal details
BornStephen Errol Woolman
(1953-05-16) 16 May 1953 (age 65)
Residence Edinburgh
Alma mater University of Aberdeen
Profession Advocate

Stephen Errol Woolman, Lord Woolman (born 16 May 1953), [1] is a Scottish legal academic, and a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the country's Supreme Courts.

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Senator of the College of Justice

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College of Justice

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Early life

Woolman was educated at the independent George Heriot's School, Edinburgh [2] and studied at the School of Law of the University of Aberdeen (LL.B. Hons.). He was a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh from 1978 to 1987, serving as Associate Dean from 1981 to 1984, and published the first edition of his work on Contract in 1987, being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates the same year. [3] [4]

George Heriots School school in Edinburgh

George Heriot's School is a Scottish independent primary and secondary school on Lauriston Place in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland, with over 1600 pupils, 155 teaching staff and 80 non-teaching staff. It was established in 1628 as George Heriot's Hospital, by bequest of the royal goldsmith George Heriot, and opened in 1659. It is governed by George Heriot's Trust, a Scottish charity.

Edinburgh City and council area in Scotland

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The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen dates back to the University's foundation in 1495. Today, it is one of the largest law schools in Scotland, admitting some two hundred and fifty students each year, as well as over forty international exchange students.

Woolman served as Standing Junior Counsel to the Office of Fair Trading from 1991 to 1995, to the Procurement Executive of the Ministry of Defence from 1991 to 1995, and to the Inland Revenue from 1996 to 1998. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1998 [5] and served as Advocate Depute from 1999 to 2002. He was keeper of the Advocates' Library and a trustee of the National Library of Scotland from 2004 to 2008, and chairman of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting from 2007 to 2008.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) was a non-ministerial government department of the United Kingdom, established by the Fair Trading Act 1973, which enforced both consumer protection and competition law, acting as the United Kingdom's economic regulator. The OFT's goal was to make markets work well for consumers, ensuring vigorous competition between fair dealing businesses and prohibiting unfair practices such as rogue trading, scams, and cartels. Its role was modified and its powers changed with the Enterprise Act 2002.

The MoD Procurement Executive was the acquisition organisation of the Ministry of Defence.

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He was appointed Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the High Court of Justiciary and Court of Session, the Supreme Courts of Scotland, in 2008, as Lord Woolman. He sits in the Outer House of the Court of Session. [3] [4]

High Court of Justiciary

The High Court of Justiciary is the supreme criminal court in Scotland. The High Court is both a trial court and a court of appeal. As a trial court, the High Court sits on circuit at Parliament House or the former Sheriff Court building in Edinburgh, or in dedicated buildings in Glasgow and Aberdeen. The High Court sometimes sits in various smaller towns in Scotland, where it uses the local sheriff court building. As an appeal court the High Court sits only in Edinburgh.

Court of Session

The Court of Session is the supreme civil court of Scotland and constitutes part of the College of Justice; the supreme criminal court of Scotland is the High Court of Justiciary. The Court of Session sits in Parliament House in Edinburgh and is both a trial court and a court of appeal. Decisions of the Court can be appealed to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, with the permission of either the Inner House or the Supreme Court. The Court of Session and the local sheriff courts of Scotland have concurrent jurisdiction for all cases with a monetary value in excess of £100,000; the pursuer is given first choice of court. However, the majority of complex, important, or high value cases are brought in the Court of Session. Cases can be remitted to the Court of Session from the sheriff courts, including the Sheriff Personal Injury Court, at the request of the presiding sheriff. Legal aid, administered by the Scottish Legal Aid Board, is available to persons with little disposable income for cases in the Court of Session.

Outer House

The Outer House is one of the two parts of the Scottish Court of Session, which is the supreme civil court in Scotland. It is a court of first instance, although some statutory appeals are remitted to it by the other more senior part, the Inner House. Those appeals are made from the Sheriff court, the court of first instance for low value civil causes in the court system of Scotland.

Publications

International Standard Book Number Unique numeric book identifier

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Personal life

Lord Woolman married Helen Mackinnon in 1977, with whom he has two daughters. He is a member of the New Club. [2]

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References

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  2. 1 2 Hutcheon, Paul (12 October 2008). "Male, white, middle-class, privately educated, Edinburgh resident,". The Sunday Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  3. 1 2 "Biographies - The Hon Lord Matthews". Scottish Court Service . Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  4. 1 2 "New judge appointed". Scottish Executive. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  5. "Eight new QC's appointed". Scottish Executive. 4 August 1998. Retrieved 24 August 2009.