Peo­ple may be put off be­ing judges, warns lord

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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