David Burns, Lord Burns

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The Honourable
Lord Burns
Senator of the College of Justice
Assumed office
Nominated by Alex Salmond
As First Minister
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Personal details
Born Scotland
Alma mater Dundee
Profession Advocate
Website Judiciary of Scotland

David Spencer Burns, Lord Burns is a Senator of the College of Justice.

Burns was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1991. Before admission, he worked as a legal assistant in New York and California. He practiced family, personal injury and planning. Between 1989 and 1991, he was full-time Advocate Depute. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. During the Lockerbie trial (2000–2002), Burns was one of the advocates representing Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

Burns served as a temporary judge from 2002 to 2005, and he became a part-time sheriff in 2007. On 1 June 2012, it was announced he had been appointed a Senator of the College of Justice,[1] and he took up the post on 12 July 2012.[2]


  1. ^ "Appointment of Lord President and Senators" (Press release). Scottish Government. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. ^ Roll of the Court of Session for 5 July 2012.
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