The Honourable
Lord Burns
Senator of the College of Justice
Assumed office
Nominated byAlex Salmond
As First Minister
Appointed byElizabeth II
Personal details
Born1952 [1]
Alma materDundee
WebsiteJudiciary of Scotland

David Spencer Burns, Lord Burns (born 1952) is a Senator of the College of Justice.

Burns was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1991. Before admission, he worked as a legal assistant in New York and California. He practiced family, personal injury and planning. Between 1989 and 1991, he was full-time Advocate Depute. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. During the Lockerbie trial (2000–2002), Burns was one of the advocates representing Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

Burns served as a temporary judge from 2002 to 2005, and he became a part-time sheriff in 2007. On 1 June 2012, it was announced he had been appointed a Senator of the College of Justice,[2] and he took up the post on 12 July 2012.[3]


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  2. ^ "Appointment of Lord President and Senators" (Press release). Scottish Government. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  3. ^ Roll of the Court of Session for 5 July 2012.