Patrick Hodge, Lord Hodge

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The Right Honourable
Lord Hodge
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Assumed office
1 October 2013
Preceded by The Lord Hope of Craighead
Senator of the College of Justice
In office
Nominated by Jack McConnell
As First Minister
Monarch Elizabeth II
Personal details
Born Patrick Stewart Hodge
(1953-05-19) 19 May 1953 (age 64)
Education Glenalmond College
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
Profession Advocate

Patrick Stewart Hodge, Lord Hodge QC (born 19 May 1953),[1] is a Scottish lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Early life

Hodge was educated at Croftinloan School, an independent junior boarding school in Perthshire, and Trinity College, Glenalmond, also in Perthshire. He studied at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (BA), and the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh (LL.B.), and worked as a civil servant at the Scottish Office between 1975 and 1978,[2] before being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1983.[3]

Legal career

Hodge was appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Energy from 1989 to 1991, and to the Inland Revenue from 1991 to 1996, in which year he took silk. As a QC, his practice was mainly in commercial law, judicial review and property law.[2] He served as a part-time Commissioner on the Scottish Law Commission from 1997–2003, and from 2000 to 2005 was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, and Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 2005, taking the judicial title, Lord Hodge.[2][3] Like all Scottish judges on the Supreme Court, he has sat in both the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, but had particular responsibility as the Exchequer judge in the Court of Session.[3] On 1 October 2013, Hodge succeeded Lord Hope as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.[4]

Personal life

Hodge married Penelope Jane Wigin in 1983, with whom he has two sons and a daughter. His interests include opera and skiing, and he is a member of Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society. He has been a Governor of Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, since 1998.

See also


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2014. Lord Hodge, a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, 58 
  2. ^ a b c "Appointment of new judges". Scottish Executive. 2 February 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biographies - The Hon Lord Hodge". Scottish Court Service. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Trio of judicial appointments to the Supreme Court" (News release). The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. Lord Hodge will succeed Lord Hope, one of the two Scottish Justices, who retires on 27 June 2013. Lord Hodge will not take up his role until the beginning of the new legal year, in October 2013. 
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