Alan Turnbull

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Person.png Lord Turnbull  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, judge)
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Alma materUniversity of Dundee
SpouseDorothy Bain

Alan Turnbull, Lord Turnbull is a Scottish lawyer, and a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the country's Supreme Courts. He was one of the lead prosecutors in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, which convicted Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on 31 January 2001.[1]

In 2006, Turnbull was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, the Supreme Courts of Scotland, with the judicial title, Lord Turnbull. He was at the time Scotland's youngest judge, at the age of forty-seven. He sat in the Outer House until his appointment to the Inner House in September 2016.

Tommy Sheridan

One of Lord Turnbull's first cases on the Bench was Sheridan v News International, the Tommy Sheridan libel case against the publishers of the News of the World where he set aside the decision of the jury which was in favour of Sheridan.

Interest on damages

Lawyer Gordon Dangerfield reported:

As a matter of interest, he was also the presiding judge, in 2006, in the Tommy Sheridan defamation trial where, fortunately for Tommy, the case was decided by a jury and not the judge. As a result, I appeared before Lord Turnbull representing Tommy a couple of years ago to seek interest on the damages awarded by the jury, a request which was resoundingly refused by the judge. We appealed to the Inner House, where Lord Turnbull’s decision was, equally resoundingly, overturned by the Lord President Lord Carloway and two other senior judges, and Tommy got his interest — another £170,000 odd.[2]

Potential conflict of interest

On 17 June 2021, it was confirmed that Lord Turnbull would not hear criminal cases or cases involving the Scottish Government when his wife, Dorothy Bain QC, became Lord Advocate.[3]

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