Lord Doherty
Lord Doherty 2010.jpg
Senator of the College of Justice
Assumed office
May 2010
Nominated byAlex Salmond
As First Minister
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
Born
Joseph Raymond Doherty

(1958-01-30) 30 January 1958 (age 64)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh,
University of Oxford,
Harvard University
ProfessionAdvocate, Judge

Joseph Raymond Doherty, Lord Doherty, QC, PC (born 30 January 1958)[1] is a Scottish lawyer and Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland.

Early life

Doherty studied at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh (LLB), Hertford College, Oxford (BCL) and Harvard University (LLM). He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1984.[2]

Legal career

In 1990, he was elected Clerk of the Faculty, holding that office until 1995. He served as Standing Junior Counsel (legal advisor) to the Ministry of Defence from 1990 to 1991 and to the Industry Department of the Scottish Office from 1991 to 1997, at which time he was appointed Queen's Counsel. From 1998 to 2001, he was an Advocate Depute.[2]

The Bench

In April 2010, he 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, taking the judicial title, Lord Doherty. He heard the case brought by a number of Scottish politicians, including Andy Wightman and Joanna Cherry, which sought an answer to the question on whethear the United Kingdom could unilaterally withdraw its notice of its intention to leave the European Union. Lord Doherty refused permission for judicial review,[3] but this decision was overturned by the Inner House of the Court of Session.[4]

It was announced on 17 February 2020 that Lord Doherty had been appointed to the Inner House of the Court of Session with effect from December 2020.[1]. He was appointed to Her Majesty's Privy Council on 12 April 2022 allowing him the honorific The Right Honourable. [5]

References

  1. ^ "The Hon Lord Doherty's Biography". Debrett's. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Biographies - The Hon Lord Doherty". Scottish Court Service. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Judge refuses permission to proceed in legal challenge over revocability of Article 50, Scottish Legal News, 6 February 2018
  4. ^ "Appeal judges grant permission to proceed in legal challenge over revocability of Article 50", Scottish Legal News, 20 March 2018
  5. ^ "Court Circular 12 April 2022". 12 April 2022.