Lord Hope of Craighead

Lord Hope of Craighead (David Hope) was born in Edinburgh in 1938.  Having read classics at the University of Cambridge he studied law at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated LLB in 1965.  In the same year he was admitted to practise at the Scottish Bar as a member of the Faculty of Advocates.  He remained in private practice there for 24 years.  During that time he was Standing Junior Counsel in Scotland to the Board of Inland Revenue from 1974 to 1978, became a Queen’s Counsel in 1978, and was an Advocate Depute (prosecuting for the Crown in the High Court of Justiciary) from 1978 to 1982.  From 1986 to 1989 he was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (Chairman of the Scottish Bar).  In 1989 he was appointed direct from the bar to the bench as Lord Justice General of Scotland and Lord President of the Court of Session.  He held these offices for seven years until 1996, when he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.  In 2009 he was appointed to be the second senior Lord of Appeal.  Later that year the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords was transferred to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and he became its first Deputy President.  He retired from that office in 2013 and is now active as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords.

He was made a Privy Councillor in 1989 and a Life Peer in 1995.  He was appointed to be a Knight of the Order of the Thistle in 2009.  He is an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  From 1998 to 2013 he was Chancellor of Strathclyde University, where he is now an Emeritus Professor.  He was also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, which is part of the School of Advanced Studies in the University of London. He is a former President of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association.

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