Principal Clerk of Session and Justiciary

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Principal Clerk of Session and Justiciary
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Graeme Marwick

since 18 December 2015
Member of Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Appointer Lord President of the Court of Session
Formation 1532
Deputy Deputy Principal Clerk of Session
Deputy Principal Clerk of Justiciary
Website Director and Principal Clerk of Session and Justiciary

"Clerk of Session" redirects here; not to be confused with Session Clerk, see Moderators and clerks in the Church of Scotland.

The Principal Clerk of Session and Justiciary is the clerk of court responsible for the administration of the Supreme Courts of Scotland and their associated staff.[1] The Keeper of the Signet grants a commission to the Principal Clerk of Session to allow Her Majesty's Signet to be used.

Gillian Prentice, was the first woman to hold the post.[citation needed] The current Principal Clerk is Graeme Marwick.[2]

The modern office unites the originally separate offices of Principal Clerk of Session (of the Court of Session) and Principal Clerk of Justiciary (of the High Court of Justiciary).

The Crown Agent takes directions from the Principal Clerk of Justiciary when arranging sittings of the High Court of Justiciary.[citation needed]

List of office holders


  1. ^ "Scottish Court Service An Introduction" (PDF). Scottish Court Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012. The Supreme Courts are made up of: the Court of Session, the High Court of Justiciary and the Accountant of Court's Office. The Principal Clerk of Session and Justiciary is responsible for the administration of these areas 
  2. ^ "Director and Principal Clerk of Session and Justiciary". Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Timeline". The Scott Monument. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Museums & Galleries. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
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