People may be put off being judges, warns lord
Scotland’s most senior judge has said a register of interests would be a “powerful disincentive” for people thinking of entering the judiciary.
Lord Carloway, lord president of the Court of Session, told MSPs the move would put talented lawyers off becoming judges at a time of recruitment difficulties.
He was giving evidence to Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee, which is considering a petition from Peter Cherbi calling for a public register of interests for judges.
Lord Carloway said there were “particular difficulties” recruiting judges at the moment and there was a “relatively small pool” of lawyers capable of doing the job.