1 June 2016 – 22 June 2021
|First Minister||Nicola Sturgeon|
|Deputy||Alison Di Rollo|
|Preceded by||Frank Mulholland|
|Succeeded by||Dorothy Bain|
|Born||20 December 1962|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
Balliol College, Oxford
Walter James Wolffe(born 20 December 1962) is a senior Scottish lawyer who served as Lord Advocate from 2016 to 2021. From 2014 to 2016 he was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, the professional body of the Scottish bar.
Wolffe was born in Dumfries on 20 December 1962 to Alexandra L. Graham and Antony C. Wolffe, MBE. He was educated at Gatehouse Primary School and then Kirkcudbright Academy. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an honours degree in law and a diploma in legal practice. He then went on to Balliol College, Oxford to take a Bachelor of Civil Law degree.
Wolffe was admitted as an advocate in 1992, then a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 2007. He served for three years as an Advocate Depute (prosecutor) at the High Court of Justiciary.
He was elected as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in February 2013 and Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in February 2014, replacing Richard Keen. Wolffe was the winner of an election involving four candidates, and the first Dean to be elected by an electronic vote.
On 31 May 2016 the Scottish Government announced that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had recommended Wolffe to the Scottish Parliament for appointment as Lord Advocate by the Queen. His appointment was confirmed by the Scottish Parliament on 1 June 2016.
In 2020, Wolffe informed the Scottish Government of his intention to step down as Scotland's Lord Advocate after the May 2021 Scottish Parliament election. Prior to Nicola Sturgeon's re-election as First Minister, it was confirmed that both Wolffe and Solicitor General Alison Di Rollo, would resign as Scotland's law officers.
In 2019 Wolffe was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Wolffe married Sarah Poyntell LaBudde in 1987 who uses the judicial title of Lady Wolffe as she is a Senator of the College of Justice in the Supreme Courts of Scotland. They have two sons.