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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Hope of Craighead

Assumed office 
1 October 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
President Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Preceded by Position created

In office
1996 – 2009
Preceded by The Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle
Succeeded by Position abolished

In office
1989 – 1996
Preceded by Lord Emslie
Succeeded by Lord Rodger

Born 27 June 1938 (1938-06-27) (age 71)
Birth name James Arthur David Hope
Nationality Scottish
Spouse(s) Katharine Mary Kerr
Residence Edinburgh
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge;
University of Edinburgh
Occupation Judge
Profession Advocate
Military service
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1957–59
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Seaforth Highlanders

James Arthur David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead, KT, PC, QC, FRSE (born 27 June 1938) is a Scottish judge and Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Until the commencement of Part 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 on October 1, 2009, he was the second senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.


Early life

Hope was born on 27 June 1938 to Edinburgh lawyer Arthur Henry Cecil Hope, OBE, WS and Muriel Ann Neilson Hope (née Collie),[1] and educated at Edinburgh Academy and Rugby School. After National Service as an officer with the Seaforth Highlanders between 1957 and 1959, rising to lieutenant,[1][2][3] he was an Open Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge in 1959 and graduated B.A. in 1962. He then returned to Scotland and studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh, graduating LL.B. in 1965.[1]

In 1966, Hope married Katharine Mary Kerr, daughter of solicitor Mark Kerr WS, with whom he has twin sons and a daughter.[1]

Hope was admitted as an advocate in 1965 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1978.[4] He served as Standing Junior Counsel in Scotland to the Board of the Inland Revenue from 1974 to 1978, and as an Advocate Depute from 1978 to 1982, prosecuting cases on behalf of the Crown. Between 1985 and 1986, he was Chairman of the Medical Appeal Tribunal and the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, and from 1986 to 1989 was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates.

The Bench

In 1989, Hope became a Senator of the College of Justice, taking the judicial title, Lord Hope, and was appointed directly to the offices of Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General, Scotland's highest judge. He was made a Privy Counsellor at this time, and was awarded a Life peerage in the 1995 New Year Honours[5], his title being gazetted as Baron Hope of Craighead, of Bamff in the District of Perth and Kinross on 28 February 1995.[6] In 1996, Lord Hope of Craighead retired as Lord President to become a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary,[7] and was succeeded by Lord Rodger. On October 1, 2009, Hope became one of the first Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and its first Deputy President.


Lord Hope of Craighead has been Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde since 1998, and was appointed a Fellow in 2000. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by the University in 1993, and by the University of Aberdeen in 1991 and the University of Edinburgh in 1995. In 2007, he was awarded the David Kelbie Award by the Institute of Contemporary Scotland. He was formerly an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Aberdeen, and is an honorary member of the Canadian Bar Association (1987) and of The Society of Legal Scholars (1991), an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2000), and an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn (1989) and of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland (1995). He is also, as of 2008, the Honorary President of the Edinburgh Student Law Review.

On St Andrew's Day, 30 November 2009, Lord Hope was appointed to the Order of the Thistle by Queen Elizabeth II.[8] The Order of the Thistle is the highest chivalric honour in Scotland. In the UK as a whole it is second only to the Order of the Garter amongst chivalric orders. The order honours Scottish men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in some way to national life.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d A&C Black (December 2008). "HOPE OF CRAIGHEAD, Baron". Who's Who online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2009-06-02.  
  2. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41216, p. 6400, 1 November 1957. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  3. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41798, p. 5357, 21 August 1959. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  4. ^ London Gazette: no. 47612, p. 9503, 8 August 1978. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 53893, p. 1, 30 December 1994. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  6. ^ London Gazette: no. 53972, p. 3449, 3 March 1995. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  7. ^ London Gazette: no. 54543, p. 13211, 4 October 1996. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  8. ^ London Gazette: no. 59258, p. 20801, 1 December 2009. Retrieved on 3 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Announcement of new appointments to the Order of the Thistle, 29 November 2009". Royal Household of the United Kingdom. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009.  
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lord Emslie
Lord Justice General
Succeeded by
Lord Rodger


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