JUSTICE Scotland International Human Rights Day Lecture 2013

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Date / time
Date(s) - 10/12/2013
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Old College


Miscarriage of Justice – when should an appellate court quash conviction?

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Justice of the UK Supreme Court

Chair: Lady Scott

Tuesday 10 December 2013, 6pm  •   1½ hours CPD

Room LT175, Old College, Edinburgh Law School, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Download the text of Lord Kerr’s lecture

Lord Kerr’s lecture will cover:

  • The right to a fair trial under the European Convention on Human Rights and at common law
  • The history of miscarriage of justice in Scotland
  • The relationship between ‘miscarriage of justice’ in Scotland and ‘safety of conviction’ in other jurisdictions
  • The test for whether either standard of injustice is reached

This year’s speaker:

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore

Lord Kerr served as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland from 2004 to 2009, and was the last Lord of Appeal in Ordinary appointed before the creation of The Supreme Court.

Lord Kerr was educated at St Colman’s College, Newry, and read law at Queen’s University, Belfast.  He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1970, and to the Bar of England and Wales at Gray’s Inn in 1974.

He served as Junior Crown Counsel from 1978 to 1983, at which point he took silk and served as Senior Crown Counsel from 1988 to 1993. In 1993 he was appointed a Judge of the High Court and knighted. He became Lord Chief Justice and joined the Privy Council in 2004.

Lord Kerr succeeded Lord Carswell of Killeen as Northern Ireland’s Lord of Appeal in Ordinary on 29 June 2009, the last Law Lord appointed before the creation of The Supreme Court.

Lady Scott

Lady Scott was appointed a Judge of the Scottish Supreme Courts in November 2012. She was instrumental in the formation of JUSTICE’s Scottish branch, chairing the Scottish Advisory Group of JUSTICE until the branch launched as JUSTICE Scotland in 2012.

Read further details of her career on the Judiciary of Scotland website.

JUSTICE is grateful to the Faculty of Advocates for its generous support of this event