Lady Leeona Dorrian

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(Advocate, Judge)
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Born16 June 1957
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen

Lady Leeona Dorrian (born 16 June 1957) is the Lord Justice Clerk, the second most senior judicial post in Scotland, having previously been a Senator of the College of Justice (from 2005 to 2016). She called at the Faculty of Advocates in 1981, where she served as Standing Junior Counsel to the Health and Safety Executive and Commission between 1987 and 1994, as an Advocate Depute between 1988 and 1991, and Standing Junior to the Department of Energy between 1991 and 1994.

Lady Dorrian was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1994.

She has been a Judge since 2002. After three years as a temporary Judge, she became a Judge of the Scottish Supreme Courts in 2005. On her appointment as Lord Justice Clerk in April 2016, Lady Dorrian became the most senior woman in Scottish legal history.[1]

Dispensing with juries

On 11 May 2021, Lady Dorrian sentenced Craig Murray to 8 months imprisonment for his reporting on the Alex Salmond trial over alleged sexual misconduct. Hamish McGlumpha posted this comment on Craig Murray's blog:

Dorrian presents herself as an impartial judge – but she is far from that. She is a political activist and according to Hugh Kerr, former leader of the National Union of Journalists, “has led the campaign to get rid of juries in the cases of sex offences in Scotland.”[2]

Cases such as the one she presided over – where a jury acquitted Alex Salmond – and hence this case, where she and her fellow judges took exception to Mr Murray’s observation that the Salmond case was a “stitch-up” – something so bleeding obvious that it hardly merits contradiction.

The Crown Office, which brought both the Salmond case, and has in a leading role an identified MI5 agent, is according to journalist Mark Hirst “an institutionally corrupt prosecuting authority” which is “abusing their power and acting in an evidently biased and political manner.”

We are in serious trouble here in Scotland with a corrupt government, prosecution authorities and judiciary, who act with impunity, in concert and without effective accountability, to silence dissent and imprison – or attempt to imprison, political opponents.[3]

In her own words

A job in the Law is a great job for a woman


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